HELP provides two options.
The first is for people who want to select a relative or perhaps an acquaintance to serve as a surrogate, who is referred to as their “support person.’’ For example, two senior citizens who don’t have nearby family members may want to designate each other as support persons. The HELP affidavit allows them to specify what rights and powers they want to assign each other.
The second option is for couples, either same-sex or heterosexual, who are in a committed relationship and share a mutual residence. They can fill out a Domestic Partnership Registration affidavit. This form automatically grants each partner a number of rights including visitation in hospitals or correction facilities, emergency notification, health care and burial decisions, and education decisions for a child.
The forms are now available for download.