Maine Revised Statutes

§5-909. When power of attorney effective

(a).    A power of attorney is effective when executed unless the principal provides in the power of attorney that it becomes effective at a future date or upon the occurrence of a future event or contingency.
[ 2009, c. 292, §2 (NEW); 2009, c. 292, §6 (AFF) .]
(b).    If a power of attorney becomes effective upon the occurrence of a future event or contingency, the principal, in the power of attorney, may authorize one or more persons to determine in a writing or other record that the event or contingency has occurred.
[ 2009, c. 292, §2 (NEW); 2009, c. 292, §6 (AFF) .]
(c).    If a power of attorney becomes effective upon the principal's incapacity and the principal has not authorized a person to determine whether the principal is incapacitated, or the person authorized is unable or unwilling to make the determination, the power of attorney becomes effective upon a determination in a writing or other record by:
(1). A physician that the principal is incapacitated within the meaning of section 5-902, subsection (e), paragraph (1); or [2009, c. 292, §2 (NEW); 2009, c. 292, §6 (AFF).]
(2). An attorney at law, a judge or an appropriate governmental official that the principal is incapacitated within the meaning of section 5-902, subsection (e), paragraph (2). [2009, c. 292, §2 (NEW); 2009, c. 292, §6 (AFF).]
[ 2009, c. 292, §2 (NEW); 2009, c. 292, §6 (AFF) .]
(d).    A person authorized by the principal in the power of attorney to determine that the principal is incapacitated may act as the principal's personal representative pursuant to the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, 42 United States Code, Section 1320d, et seq., as amended, and applicable regulations, to obtain access to the principal's health care information and communicate with the principal's health care provider.
[ 2009, c. 292, §2 (NEW); 2009, c. 292, §6 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2009, c. 292, §2 (NEW). 2009, c. 292, §6 (AFF).