A New Mexico advance directive provides instructions for health care providers concerning one’s end-of-life medical preferences. The information contained in this document will help physicians determine whether life-prolonging procedures shall be administered when the principal (the individual making the form) becomes incapacitated and unable to communicate. Also included in the advance directive is a medical power of attorney which allows the principal to designate their health care agent. The individual appointed as the agent will be responsible for conveying the principal’s medical decisions if they become incapacitated.
Agent’s Duties – § 24-7A-5
Signing Requirements – No statutory requirements; it is recommended that two (2) individuals sign as witnesses.
Statutory Form – § 24-7A-4
Statute – § 24-7A-1(A)
A. “advance health-care directive” means an individual instruction or a power of attorney for health care made, in either case, while the individual has capacity;