Missouri Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care


A Missouri durable power of attorney for health care instructs an agent on how to handle a principal’s medical decisions if they are mentally unable. The principal completes it before the occurrence of a medical condition or emergency. By signing, the agent agrees to follow the instructions provided by the principal. The physician cannot override the medical power of attorney.

The form often includes preferences for the following:

  • Doctor or physician;
  • Treatment facility;
  • Medical testing;
  • Medication;
  • Surgery;
  • Life support;
  • Organ donation; and/or
  • Body disposal.

State laws:  §§ 404.800 – 404.872§§ 459.010 – 459.055

Signing requirements (§ 404.825): No signing requirements.