The Durable Power of Attorney as an Alternative to the Improper Use of Conservatorship for Health-Care Decisionmaking
St. John's Law Review, Vol. 60, p. 631, 1986
43 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2010
Date Written: 1986
Mentally competent adult individuals are entitled to make their own decisions. In the event of illness, incapacity, or other misfortune, however, an individual’s ability to make decisions may be impaired. Someone else must act as a substitute decisionmaker. The proper vehicle for identifying that substitute decisionmaker, as well as the scope of his or her authority, is the focus of this article. Inappropriate and unnecessary usurpation of personal decisionmaking power must be avoided and should not be tolerated.
Keywords: Substitute Decisionmaker
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