2018 Hawaii Revised Statutes
TITLE 30. GUARDIANS AND TRUSTEES
551E. Uniform Power of Attorney Act
551E-5 Effective date of power of attorney.
[§551E-5] Effective date of power of attorney. (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 has an impairment in the ability to receive and evaluate information or make or communicate decisions even with the use of technological assistance; or
(2) An attorney-at-law, a judge, or an appropriate governmental official that the principal is incapacitated.
(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, sections 1171 through 1179 of the Social Security Act, title 42 United States Code section 1320d, as amended, and applicable regulations, to obtain access to the principal's health care information and communicate with the principal's health care provider. [L 2014, c 22, pt of §1]