Ohio Medical (Health Care) Power of Attorney Form

The Ohio Medical (Health Care) Power of Attorney Form is a legally-binding document referred to in Ohio state law as the “Durable Power of Attorney For Health Care.” Once a valid version has been executed, an Attorney-in-Fact elected by a capable individual (known as the Principal) will be authorized to “make health care decisions for the Principal at any time that the attending physician of the principal determines that the Principal has lost the capacity to make informed health care decisions for the Principal.” The health care decisions may encompass pertinent matters such as life-sustaining treatment, comfort care, and resuscitation.

State Laws & Signing Requirements

State Laws – Ohio Uniform Commercial Code (Sections 1337.11 to 1337.17)

Signing Requirements (§ 1337.12) – In order for a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care to be enacted in Ohio, the following requirements must be met:

  • The Principal signs the end of the form and state the date of its execution,
  • The Principal’s signature is witnessed by at least two (2) eligible individuals, and
  • The Principal’s signature is acknowledged by a Notary Public.