AN ACT ELIMINATING THE NEED TO HAVE ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES AND HEALTH CARE POWERS OF ATTORNEY SIGNED IN THE PRESENCE OF TWO WITNESSES AND ACKNOWLEDGED BEFORE A NOTARY PUBLIC, AND INSTEAD ALLOWING FOR EXECUTION BY EITHER SIGNATURE IN THE PRESENCE OF TWO WITNESSES OR ACKNOWLEDGMENT BEFORE A NOTARY PUBLIC.
Amends the definition of health care power of attorney in GS 32A-16 to require that it be signed in the presence of two qualified witnesses or acknowledged before a notary public (was, signed in the presence of two qualified witnesses and acknowledged before a notary public). Makes conforming changes.
Amends GS 32A-25.1(a), which sets out the form to be used in creating a health care power of attorney to require that the signature be witnessed by two qualified witnesses or proved by a notary public. Makes conforming changes.
Makes the same changes to GS 90-321(c) (setting out the requirements of patient health care directives that doctors must follow) and GS 90-321(d1) [setting out the form that is specifically determined to meet the requirements of (c)].
Effective October 1, 2015.
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