New Mexico Medical Power of Attorney Form
The New Mexico Medical Power of Attorney (Durable POA for Health Care), in keeping with the state law provision § 24-7A-2, makes it legally viable for any capable individual (called the Principal) to exercise their right to:
- Make his or her own health-care decisions, and
- Give an individual instruction (if they so choose).
By making a record of their preferences, the Principal can authorize an Agent they select to make health-care decisions on their behalf when they are incapacitated.
Any health care decisions the Agent makes should be a reflection of those the Principal would make themselves if they could. In cases where the Principal has left individual instructions, the Agent is legally required to follow them.
State Laws & Signing Requirements
State Laws – Uniform Health-Care Decisions
Signing Requirements (§ 24-7A-2) – The only requirement the state of New Mexico specifies for an Advance Health-Care Directive to be valid is that it is signed by the Principal. In order to ensure their health-care wishes are duly followed when a situation necessitates them to be, it is advised that they sign the form before a Notary Public and two (2) witnesses.