The Illinois Power of Attorney document is a tool that an individual, referred to as Principal, would use, in order to authorize another person whom they trust to stand in their place and make legal decisions on their behalf. In this situation, the appointed individual is referred to as the "Agent". In Illinois, these documents can take many forms and grant many different responsibilities to the Agent. These responsibilities can range from handling financial matters and making important medical decisions, to preparing the Principal's taxes. According to Chapter 755 of the Illinois Code, which covers healthcare power of attorney documents, Agents may consent, refuse, or withdraw any type of health care for the Principal. Additionally, these statutes dictate that the attending doctor may not serve as the Principal's power of attorney.
The Illinois Power of Attorney is a fairly simple document to complete and only requires a few pieces of information from the Principal. First, the Principal will need to provide his or her full name and address to establish his or her identity. Next, he or she will then provide information on the Agent he or she is nominating. This will be done by providing the full name of the Agent, his or her full address and telephone number. Next, the Principal will then specify the powers being granted to the Agent. These powers can be limited, or can be broad; this depends entirely on the Principal's wishes. Once powers have been designated, the Principal will sign the power of attorney form and have it notarized by a state-certified Notary Public.