What are the requirements of a DPA?

The legal requirments for a patient advocate are set forth by a Michigan statute in the Estates and Protected Individuals Code. That statute sets forth four basic requirements for a DPA:

  1. Must in writing and dated
  2. Must be witnessed by at least two people who are not related to the patient
  3. Must be made part of the patient's medical record
  4. The patient advocate must accept the designation as patient advocate before he can act