State Laws and Legislation

Washington Healthcare Laws

Under Washington law, registered domestic partners have the same right to make medical decisions for a partner as a spouse.

An adult may authorize his or her attorney-in-fact to provide informed consent for health care decisions on the principal's behalf. There must be a written document that confers the power of the agent to act on the principals behalf, stating, "This power of attorney shall not be affected by disability of the principal," or "This power of attorney shall become effective upon the disability of the principal," or similar words showing the intent of the principal that the authority conferred shall be exercisable. § 11.94.010.

Citation: Actions for Injuries Resulting From Health Care: Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 7.70.065; Uniform Durable Power of Attorney Act: Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 11.94 and Natural Death Act: Wash. Rev. Code Ann. §§ 70.122.010 to 70.122.905

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Updated: Mon, April 28, 2008 - 11:00:01