A Massachusetts medical power of attorney form (“Health Care Proxy”) is used to designate an agent to make medical decisions for the principal when they cannot do so themselves due to mental incapacity. The most common choices for the agent are close friends, relatives, or the principal’s spouse. By law, a health care agent can’t be anyone professionally involved in either the financial or medical side of providing the principal’s health care, unless they are related by blood.
Another helpful document is the Advance Directive, which allows the principal to designate the exact end of life treatment options if they should enter a vegetative state (combines a medical power of attorney and living will).
Laws – Chapter 201D: Health Care Proxies
Signing Requirements (§ 201D-2) – Two (2) Witnesses