Changes to the Power of Attorney for Healthcare in Illinois

Changes to Power of Attorney for Healthcare in IllinoisThe new year brought with it changes to the Illinois Power of Attorney Act. Amendments require new language that must accompany all Powers of Attorney for Healthcare documents created on or after January 1, 2015. No specific format is required for the form itself, as long as the form complies with Illinois law, and as long as the new language referred to in the “notice” precedes that form.

In addition to the “notice” language, the amended law now clearly states that any witness to the signing of a Power of Attorney for Healthcare form must be at least 18 years of age. It also allows certain employees of healthcare facilities such as non-owner chaplains, social workers or nurses to serve as a witness to the signing of a Power of Attorney for Healthcare form.

Any Illinois Power of Attorney for Healthcare forms validly created prior to January 1, 2015, remain valid.

If you would like a review of your Powers of Attorney documents or have questions regarding the need for Powers of Attorney, give us a call – we would be happy to help.

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