Legal document whereby a principal designates a person (agent or proxy) to act in his/her place when the principal lacks the ability to make health care and other personal decisions. Depending upon the state in which you reside, it is also known as Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care; or Power of Attorney for Health Care. Health Care proxy or Health Care agent also refers to the person who makes decisions on behalf of the principal.
A legal term for when one dies without a Will or estate plan.
The person who is assigning someone else to act as his or her agent for such things as health care and financial decisions.