What are Legal Authorizing Parties?

Legal Authorizing Party Reference Sheet

Authorizing Party Designation Definition
First Person Consent An adult, over the age of 18, who understands and consents to willed whole-body donation under the state laws in which they live and pre-register as a willed whole-body donor with Genesis.
Agent of the Deceased Agent is an individual (A) authorized to make health care decisions on the principal's behalf by a medical power of attorney; or (B) expressly authorized to make an anatomical gift on the principal's behalf by any other record signed by the principal.
Agent-POA A power of attorney (POA) or letter of attorney is a written authorization to represent or act on another's behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter. The person authorizing the other to act is the principal or grantor (of the deceased). The one authorized to act is the agent, attorney, or in some jurisdictions, the attorney-in-fact. A. Standard POA with no rights to disposition or healthcare needs B. Standard POA with rights for disposition or healthcare and financial needs This could cease when the individual becomes incapacitated and generally ceases at the time of death.
Agent-DPOA Under a durable power of attorney, the authority of the attorney-in-fact to act and/or make decisions on behalf of the grantor continues until the grantor's death unless otherwise A. Standard DPOA is generally noted with healthcare and/or final disposition B. Disposition rights must be granted to allow whole-body donation C. Disposition rights CAN NOT be listed as: Funeral arrangements, direct cremation, burial D. Some DPOA documents note that pre-planning of funeral may take place, but does not allow for pre-registration for whole-body donation. This could cease at the time of death unless otherwise noted within the document.
Agent-Guardianship A legal guardian is a person who has the legal authority (and the corresponding duty) to care for the personal and property interests of another person, called a ward. • guardianship for an incapacitated senior (due to old age or infirmity) • guardianship for developmentally disabled adults.
Spouse Legally married spouse • Not by common law • If separated, but not divorced, they are still married
Adult Children One child can sign in, but verbal consent with a list of names of the other children to the best of that child’s knowledge
Parents A parent whose parental rights have not been terminated to include adoptive parents. • Only one parent can sign, but verbal consent of both parents, if both are living
Siblings One sibling can sign in, but verbal consent with a list of names of the other children to the best of that child’s knowledge
Adult Grandchildren One grandchild can sign in, but verbal consent with a list of names of the other children to the best of that grandchild’s knowledge
Grandparents  A grandparent whose rights have not been terminated. • Only one grandparent can sign, but verbal consent of both grandparents, if both are living
An adult who exhibited special care and concern for the decedent Only when pre-registered