Rhode Island Statutory Form Durable Power Of Attorney For
WARNING TO PERSON EXECUTING THIS DOCUMENT
This is an important legal document which is authorized by the
general laws of Rhode Island. Before executing this document, you
should know these important facts:
You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and a resident of the
state for this document to be legally valid and binding.
This document gives the person you designate as your agent (the
attorney in fact) the power to make health care decisions for you. Your
agent must act consistently with your desires as stated in this
document or otherwise made known.
Except as you otherwise specify in this document, this document gives
your agent the power to consent to your doctor not giving treatment
or stopping treatment necessary to keep you alive.
Notwithstanding this document, you have the right to make medical
and other health care decisions for yourself so long as you can give
informed consent with respect to the particular decision. In addition,
no treatment may be given to you over your objection at the time, and
health care necessary to keep you alive may not be stopped or
withheld if you object at the time.
This document gives your agent authority to consent, to refuse to
consent, or to withdraw consent to any care, treatment, service, or
procedure to maintain, diagnose, or treat a physical or mental
condition. This power is subject to any statement of your desires and
any limitation that you include in this document. You may state in this
document any types of treatment that you do not desire. In addition, a
court can take away the power of your agent to make health care
decisions for you if your agent:
(1) Authorizes anything that is illegal,
(2) Acts contrary to your known desires, or
(3) Where your desires are not known, does anything that is clearly
contrary to your best interests.
Unless you specify a speci7c period, this power will exist until you
revoke it. Your agent's power and authority ceases upon your death