A Nebraska medical power of attorney form designates an individual (attorney-in-fact) to make healthcare decisions for a person (principal) if they become disabled or incapacitated in any way. Physicians and other professional healthcare workers cannot be appointed to this position (unless they are related); a principal typically chooses a close, trustworthy person such as a family member or friend.
A healthcare attorney-in-fact will have power over very important and possibly life-changing decisions, and they should share the same values regarding healthcare as the principal. Along with the medical power of attorney, the principal may wish to complete a living will to convey which treatments they do or do not want to receive in any future medical situation.
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