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A 36-year-old member asked:

Do you have to have a statement from the doctor in order to exercise power of attorney over a dementia patient?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 38 years experience
In general this is a: Two step process. First the doctor must do a capacity evaluation and then a court must agree that the patient is not competent to make the decision in question.
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Dr. Theresa Redling
Geriatrics 36 years experience
No: Power of attorney maybe given to someone themselves without an attorney being involved(just needs to be notarized). If the individual lacks the capacity to designate a proxy or won't if it is needed there may need to be a court process called a guardianship.
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