Surrogate Decision Maker

Ask the legal expert ... about arbitration agreements

Ask the legal expert ... about arbitration agreements

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It seems like every time I see a news item about arbitration agreements being signed by a resident/patient's surrogate or relative, some judges rules it invalid or unenforceable. Are they ever valid? Must we always get the resident/patient to sign for himself or herself, or is that just strongly recommended?

Doctors feel stressed working with surrogate decision makers, study finds

Approximately 20% of doctors are not comfortable working with a severely disabled patient's surrogate decision maker, according to a new survey.