There are two affidavits you can download from the Orange County Comptroller’s Office website. Choose the one that is right for you. The filing fee for either form is $18.50.
Option#1 is the HELP affidavit. It is designed mainly for relatives or acquaintances. This affidavit allows you to specify which powers you want to grant your surrogate, known as your “support person.’’ For example, you may want to give him the power to make medical decisions for you, but not the power to make education decisions for your children.
Option #2 is the domestic partnership affidavit. This is for people who are in a committed relationship, share a residence and are financially co-dependent. It automatically grants an array of rights, including hospital visitation, medical decisions, burial decisions, and education decisions for a child.
Instructions on how to fill out the forms and register them are on the Orange County Comptroller’s website.