Yes, if you are married or in a registered relationship and in a state which recognizes that relationship. However, if you’re unmarried and either, 1) not in such a registered relationship, or 2) you are in a state which does not recognize that relationship, then default state law allows your partner’s family of origin rather than you to make those decisions. However, if your spouse or partner designates you as agent under their Health Care Power of Attorney, then you would be able to make such decisions.
About Maria V. Primushko
As the founder of the law firm, attorney Maria focuses her practice on helping families with estate and legacy planning, as well as other legal matters such as Personal Injury and Bankruptcy Protection. Her goal and that of her team is to provide personalized support and guidance that creates peace of mind for all clients and families, no matter how big or small their estate is.