Illinois Changes the Statutory Power of Attorney for Healthcare

The Illinois legislature changed the form Power of Attorney for Healthcare.

Effective January 1, 2015, the Short Form Power of Attorney for healthcare has been changed. Among the changes in the law are that no health care provider may act as an agent for someone under their immediate care (although they may act as an agent for someone they do not care for in a professional capacity).

There has been much written about the new form power of attorney, with some attorneys feeling that it will only increase potential litigation among family members, doctors, and others acting as agents for individuals or providing medical care for them. If you or a family member has a power of attorney for healthcare and want to know how these changes may affect your situation, contact us today.


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Charles Wentworth
Charles Wentworth
Charles Wentworth
Charles is an attorney in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After graduating from the University of Utah, he clerked for Chief Justice John T. Broderick of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. He then became a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP before opening his own office and partnering with Rick Lofgren. He lives just outside of Chicago, where he participates in community activities, including Boy Scouts and little-league baseball.