A Maryland medical power of attorney form allows residents to name an agent to make health care decisions on their behalf in the event of the principal’s incapacitation. Most individuals choose their spouse, relative, or close friend as their agent. State law prohibits the principal from choosing their physician or anyone else professionally involved in their health care.
The individual selected should be familiar with the principal’s views regarding medical treatments and be capable of articulately upholding their wishes against others who may not agree with them. The document also enables the principal to make a statement regarding the circumstances under which they will or will not allow various types of medical procedures to be used.
Laws – § 5–603
Signing Requirements (§ 5–603) – Two (2) Witnesses