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If I am unable to make decisions, can I choose someone to speak for me?
Yes. This is done through a document called a Health Care Power of Attorney, or a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, sometimes also called a health care agent, surrogate, or proxy decisionmaker.
You can appoint any capable and competent adult who is 18 years or older who is not your health care provider.
THIS IS NOT SO IN STATES THAT HAVE A SEPARATE MENTAL HEALTH CARE AGENT AND ALSO A REGULAR HEALTH CARE POWER OF ATTORNEY. CONCEIVABLY BOTH COULD BE AUTHORIZED SIMULTEOUSLY.