A Kansas medical power of attorney is a document that is used to appoint an agent who is authorized to make medical decisions on behalf of the principal. The agent’s authority only comes into effect when the principal is determined by their physician to be physically or mentally incapacitated. Under such circumstances, the agent will be able to make choices regarding the use of the principal’s health care. State law requires health care agents to act in accordance with the principal’s expressed preferences.
Agent’s Duties – K.S.A 58-629(b) and (c)
Signing Requirements (K.S.A 58-629(e)) – Two (2) Adult Witnesses or Notary Public; neither witness can be the agent named in the document, entitled to the principal’s estate, or financially responsible for the principal’s medical care. Furthermore, the witnesses cannot be related to the principal by marriage, blood, or adoption.
State Definition – K.S.A. 58-625
Statutory Form – K.S.A. 58-632