Valerie K. deMartino
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Long Beach, CA  90807

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"Update your Durable Power of Attorney"
by Valerie K. deMartino

Durable Powers of Attorney which were executed before 1992 expire in seven years. So, if you executed a durable power of attorney either in conjunction with an estate plan or otherwise, you cannot reply on it being accepted when the need arises. Furthermore, since the passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (42 U.S.C. Section 1320d, 45 C.F.R. Parts 160 and 164) language giving your agent access to your medical records must be included in your Durable Power of Attorney or your agent may find himself making health care decisions without the necessary background information on your health which would be withheld from them due to privacy issues raised by HIPAA.

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