The Hawaii Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows an individual to convey their decision-making authority to another person whom they trust. In this situation, the person who is conveying such responsibilities is known as the Principal, while the person who receives such legal authority is known as the Agent. These documents come in many forms and each works to convey a different responsibility. In Hawaii, Chapter 551E covers all things related power of attorney documents in Hawaii. The statutes specify that a power of attorney has the legal authority to make any lawful healthcare decision that the principal could have made. This includes ending life-prolonging measures such as a feeding tube. In order for a power of attorney form to be legally recognized by the state of Hawaii, the Principal must be at least 18 years old or older, the form must be signed and dated by him or her and done in the presence of two witnesses. In addition, the document must be notarized by a Notary Public.
A Hawaii Power of Attorney can be completed with a few simple steps, and can be completed as follows:
Step 1 - Establishing the Principal
The first step that the Principal should take is to provide his or her address and full name.
Step 2 - Establish the Identity of the Agent
Next, the Principal must appoint his or Agent by providing his or her full name, address, and telephone number.
Step 3 - Designate the Powers Conveyed
In this section, the powers granted to the Principal will be explicitly described. If a Limited Power of Attorney is being described, these limitations will be detailed.
Step 4 - Signatures and Notarization
Finally, the Principal must sign, date and have the document witnessed and notarized.