Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care - Washington

8. Indemnity. My estate shall hold harmless and indemnify the attorney in fact from all liability for acts
or omissions done in good faith.
9. Applicable Law. The internal law of the State of Washington shall govern this Power of Attorney.
10. Execution. This Power of Attorney is signed in duplicate on the _________ day of
___________________, to be effective as provided in Section 3.
_____________________________________
Signed
_____________________________________
Witness
____________________________________
Witness
Notarization, If Needed:
STATE OF WASHINGTON )
) ss.
COUNTY OF _____________ )
I certifiy that I know or have satisfactory evidence that ______________________
signed this instrument and acknowledged it to be his/her free and voluntary act for the uses and
purposes mentioned in the instrument.
Dated: _______________________.
(Seal or stamp) ______________________________
Notary Public in and for the State of
Washington, residing at ___________
My appointment expires ___________
(Although there is no statutory requirement for witnessing or notarization of this form of Durable
Power, it is strongly recommended that there always be two witnesses and that these witnesses be
persons qualified as witnesses to a Health Care Directive, so that the Durable Power will itself be valid
as a Directive under the Natural Death Act in case the signer does not have a separate Directive.
Further, if the form of Durable Power used is broader than this form and extends to the handling of
the patient's property and business affairs in addition to health care, it should always be notarized,
whether there are witnesses or not. Witnessing and/or notarization is also important as evidence to
help confirm the patient's competence and help assure the patient's wishes are carried out should
family members or other oppose on the grounds the patient did not understand what he or she was
doing when signing the document.)
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