Wyoming Advance Healthcare Directive (Medical POA)
Although the Wyoming Advance Healthcare Directive (Medical Power of Attorney) is a form that an individual (called the Principal) must create by their own volition, it has a number of implications not only for them, but their loved ones too. An Advance Healthcare Directive can play a substantial role in helping a Principal’s loved ones cope if faced with the extremely challenging situation of the Principal becoming incapacitated. Without this form to refer to—of which clearly states the Principal’s healthcare wishes—loved ones may have trouble deciding how to proceed with their medical care. In contrast, with this form, they will not need to confront this problem as medical professionals will be required to follow any instructions or wishes left by the Principal in it.
State Laws & Signing Requirements
State Laws – Wyoming Health Care Decisions Act
Signing Requirements (§ 35-22-403) – State law mandates that certain conditions must be met in order for an Advance Healthcare Directive to be accepted by the state of Wyoming. That is, the Advance Healthcare Directive must be:
- Signed by the Principal (or by another individual they have directed to sign the form on their behalf in their presence), and
- Acknowledged before a Notarial Officer, or
- Signed by at least two (2) witnesses, who are required to make the declaration, in substance, outlined in § 35-22-403.