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(755 ILCS 45/2-1)
(from Ch. 110 1/2, par. 802-1)
The General Assembly recognizes that each
individual has the right to appoint an agent to make property, financial,
personal, and health care decisions for the individual but that this right
cannot be fully effective unless the principal may empower the agent to act
throughout the principal's lifetime, including during periods of
disability, and have confidence that third parties will honor the agent's authority
at all times.
The General Assembly finds that in the light of modern financial needs
and advances in medical science, the statutory recognition of this right of
delegation in Illinois needs to be restated, which will, among other things, expand the
application and the permissible scope of the agent's authority, clarify
the power of the individual to authorize an agent to make financial and
care decisions for the individual and better protect health care personnel
and other third parties who rely in good faith on the agent so that
reliance will be assured. Nothing in this Act shall be deemed to
authorize or encourage euthanasia, suicide or any action or course of
action that violates the criminal law of this State or the United States.
Similarly, nothing in this Act shall be deemed to authorize or encourage
any violation of a civil right expressed in the Constitution, statutes,
case law and administrative rulings of this State (including, without
limitation, the right of conscience respected and protected by the Health
Care Right of Conscience Act, as now or hereafter amended) or the
United States or any action or course of action that violates the public policy
expressed in the Constitution, statutes, case law and administrative rulings of
this State or the United States.
(Source: P.A. 96-1195, eff. 7-1-11