Colorado Medical Power of Attorney Form
The Colorado Medical Power of Attorney requires an Agent to act in a representative capacity for a Principal who can no longer adequately communicate their own health care wishes due to incapacity or disability. The Agent must follow the terms, directives, conditions, or limitations stated in the document, and in the case these are not noted, they must act in what they determine to be in the best interests of the Principal. The Agent’s powers include making medical treatment decisions and giving informed consent to or refusal of medical treatment on behalf of the Principal.
State Laws & Signing Requirements
State Laws – Uniform Power of Attorney Act
State law (§ 15-14-506) only mandates that a Medical POA is signed by the Principal. However, it is strongly advised that the Agent also signs the document, and that any signatures are witnessed by two (2) witnesses and acknowledged by a Notary Public. Doing so will not only help ensure that the process was carried out in a lawful manner; it may also make the POA more readily acceptable should it need to be used in a state other than Colorado.