A New Mexico medical power of attorney form is essentially one portion of a larger document called the New Mexico Optional Advance Health Care Directive Form. The directive gives the principal the ability to appoint a medical representative (Part 1) and make decisions on medical treatment and health care options they wish to receive in the future (Part 2). The principal’s appointed representative (agent) will have the authority to make important medical decisions on their behalf in the event of incapacitation. This position is usually given to a spouse, relative, or close friend, a person who knows the principal’s values and will respect their wishes. The ‘instructions for health care’ section, also known as a “living will,” is equipped with checkboxes so that the principal can communicate their decisions regarding treatment, artificial nutrition and hydration, and other life-sustaining health care.
Laws – § 24-7A
Signing Requirements – No requirements mentioned in State statutes. There is space for two (2) optional witness signatures on the advance directive form.