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Patient Advocate Designations - Powers of Attorney

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".

If prepared and executed properly, under Michigan's "Estate & Protected Individuals Code", a "Patient Advocate Designation" (or PAD) can be effective to carry out your wishes, and can spare your family and loved ones a lot of unnecessary heartache. Talk to Richmond/St. Clair County attorney Jon Frank about preparing a "Patient Advocate Designation" to make sure your medical care wishes are carried out, whatever your condition. 

On a related issue, Michigan statutory law has provided for the scenario, in which the patient can establish and execute a "Do Not Resuscitate Order" (DNR), instructing health care professionals not to attempt life-resuscitating efforts.  For obvious reasons, a person covered by such an order must have documentation of a DNR Order (often, by means of a hospital-type bracelet worn by the patient, with certain information made visible to anyone looking at it).

Again, because of the sensitivity of the issue, DNR Orders must be executed in strict compliance with Michigan law. We will be glad to assist you with anyquestions you might have about preparing a Patient Advocate Designation, or DNR Order.

Not sure who can qualify as a PAD?

We can go over a list of qualifications

Learn more about Michigan Power of Attorney Laws & Protections.

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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