Eden, NC asked in Estate Planning for North Carolina

Q: Need power of attorney and medical power of attorney

Hospital gave me forms for medical power of attorney and I have blank from online search for power of attorney. Can I complete these and have them notarized and they be legal. On fixedincome and can't afford lawyer at this time. Location shows as Eden when questions submitted. I live in Reidsville NC

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Catherine E Bruce
Catherine E Bruce
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Chapel Hill, NC

A: You can certainly fill out your own forms for the Power of Attorney and Health Care Power of Attorney, as long as you fulfill NC's requirements for each of the documents. You need to have the POA notarized. For the medical document, you need to sign the HCPOA before two "qualified" witnesses (i.e. they meet the requirements listed at the end of the form), have both witnesses sign, and have all signatures notarized. Also, doublecheck that the POA that you downloaded is the NC version, as each state has different requirements.

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