Can a spouse make healthcare decisions without medical POA or guardianship? 2 Answers as of May 08, 2015

Is it required for a spouse to have medical POA to make decisions for an incapacitated partner? What about children?

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Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
Legally the doctor is supposed to require a POA. Sometimes they just look the other way. A POA is not needed for minor children.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 5/8/2015
Goldsmith & Guymon
Goldsmith & Guymon | Dara Goldsmith
It is possible but not a guarantee for the spouse to do it. Some hospitals will deny. If you do not have a power of attorney the healthy spouse may need to establish a guardianship which is expensive. Get powers of attorney if you can! Generally speaking children will need to go the guardianship route. Do not put your children or souse through that.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 5/8/2015
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