An Alaska advance directive is a form that combines a medical power of attorney and a living will. By completing the document, an individual (the “principal”) is able to set out a list of medical treatment instructions to be followed in the event of their terminal or vegetative condition.
The power of attorney section of the form can be used to designate an agent to make health decisions on the principal’s behalf whose power becomes effective when the principal is incapacitated. Alternatively, the power of attorney can come into effect immediately upon the document’s execution. An advance directive can be critical in ensuring that the principal’s beliefs and convictions regarding their health care are respected if they become unable to speak for themselves.
Agent’s Duties – § 13.52.030
Signing Requirements (§ 13.52.010(b)) – Two (2) Witnesses or Notary Public
Statutory Form – § 13.52.300
Statute – § 13.52.390(1)
“advance health care directive” means an individual instruction or a durable power of attorney for health care;