(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.
(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.
(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 or licensed psychologist that the principal is incapacitated within the meaning of section one hundred two (5)(A) of this article; or
(2) An attorney at law, a judge or an appropriate governmental official that the principal is incapacitated within the meaning of section one hundred two (5)(B) of this article.
(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 Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, §1171 through §1179
of the Social Security Act, 42 U. S. C. §1320d, and applicable regulations, to obtain access to the principal's health-care
information and communicate with the principal's health-care
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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