Rhode Island Medical Power of Attorney Form (Advance Directive)

State law, specifically § 23-4.10-1, explains that the purpose of a Rhode Island Medical Power of Attorney (Durable POA for Healthcare / Advance Directive) is to “recognize the right of an adult person to make a written durable power of attorney which might include instructing his or her physician to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining procedures in the event of a terminal condition.” In other words, this legal document makes it possible for physicians to learn what an individual’s end-of-life wishes are, even if one day that individual becomes incapacitated and is consequently unable to orally communicate such wishes. This is possible both through the provision of instructions from the individual, and the individual’s designation of a Health Care Agent; a trusted individual they select to make health care decisions on their behalf.

State Laws & Signing Requirements

State Laws – Health Care Power of Attorney

Signing Requirements (§ 23-4.10-2) – State laws regarding Medical Power of Attorney arrangements stipulate certain requirements which must be legally uphold. Specifically, it is demanded that the Medical Power of Attorney is:

  • Signed or acknowledged by the Principal, and
  • Acknowledged by a Notary Public or two (2) qualified witnesses who are present at the time of signing or acknowledgment.