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Michigan Powers of Attorney Laws, Protections, & Articles

You can actually designate the person you want to step in on your behalf, to make medical decisions; in Michigan this person is called a "Patient Advocate".
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You will not likely be hiring me as a "Guardians Ad Litem", but you might have to deal with one, after we file our Petition for Guardianship, Conservatorship, or other Probate Court petition. 
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Michigan law requires a little bit of drama and ceremony, for the proper execution of a financial power of attorney. Given the significant powers and responsibilities that an agent takes on, the purpose of such requirements is to make certain that the power of attorney document, and relationship, was set up intentionally.
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As with financial powers of attorney, Michigan law requires similar ceremony, for the proper execution of a medical power of attorney. See MCLA §700.5506. These documents can foreseeably take on life and death importance, and third persons such as doctors, nursing homes and hospitals need to know that they can rely on the guidance they get from an agent under a Medical Power of Attorney (aka “patient advocate”).
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Michigan law refers to Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care; I prefer the term, "Medical Powers of Attorney", because it is simpler, and it readily distinguishes this type of power of attorney from a financial/business power.
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A Guardianship is probably broader than the rights given to the agent under either a "Financial" or "Medical" POA.  A Guardian is formally appointed as such, by a probate judge, and that Guardian then has formal reporting requirements.  An agent under a Financial POA probably has reporting requirements as well, but is not under the obligation to report on the court's schedule.  A Guardian has authority to make decisions about the "ward's" housing, medical, education, general welfare, etc... Continue reading.

Frankly, I think Michigan's terminology on this subject is silly and confusing... Continue reading.

Michigan law does provide for the implementation of Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders, at MCLA §333.1051, et seq (which just means "and the following statutes").
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Living Will is a term that may be more appropriate in public culture, and perhaps in states other than Michigan. There are no specific Michigan statutes dealing with something called a "living will".
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Michigan law provides for the establishment of a legally recognized relationship, short of a Probate Court Conservatorship, by which one person can act for another in business and legal matters. See MCLA §700.5501.
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