Iowa Statutes and Regulations

Iowa Life Sustaining Procedure (Living Will) Act: Enter 144A

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care: Enter 144B

Out-of-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Order: Enter 144A.7A

Powers of Attorney: Enter 633B

Guardianship and Conservatorship: Enter 633.551-633.585


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Proposed Legislation

The Uniform Law Commission (National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) proposes “model” state l acts for adoption by the states in areas where uniformity of state laws is desirable. These uniform acts must be enacted by individual states in order to become effective. The Uniform Law Commission has promulgated two uniform acts related to substitute decision making which are set forth below.

Click Here To View: Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA)

In 2007 the Uniform Law Commission promulgated the UAGPPJA to address the problems of court jurisdiction over adult guardianships and conservatorships in cases where there are multi-state jurisdictional disputes. Iowa has not adopted the UAGPPJA.

Click Here To View: Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA)

In 2006 the Uniform Law Commission issued the UPOAA. The aim of this Act was to promote the autonomy of principals including older persons and to prevent, detect and redress power of attorney abuse by agents. Iowa has not adopted the Act.
This act provides a simple way for people to deal with their property by providing a power of attorney in case of future incapacity. While chiefly a set of default rules, the act also contains safeguards for the protection of an incapacitated principal.



General Publications


Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania- Consent, Capacity, and Substitute Decision Making

PDF icon NY Development Disabilities Planning Council-Planning for the Future

PDF icon Virginia Association of Community Services Boards-Guide to Consent and Substitute Decision Making


PDF icon Department on Aging-Handbook for Older Iowans

Iowa Legal Aid for Older Iowans

Advance Directives


American Bar Association-Commission on Law and Aging

Caring Connections

U.S. Living Will Registry


Iowa State Bar Association

Representative Payees

PDF icon Social Security Administration-A Guide for Representative Payees

Social Security Administration-Representative Payee Program Information

Powers of Attorney

PDF icon Iowa Department of Elder Affairs-Power of Attorney Handbook

Guardianship and Conservatorships and Alternatives to Guardianship and Conservatorship Alternatives


PDF icon National Guardianship Association-A Model Code of Ethics for Guardians

PDF icon National Guardianship Association-Standards of Practice


PDF icon Iowa Department of Elder Affairs-The Substitute Decision Makers Task Force, Alternatives to Guardianship and Conservation for Adults in Iowa

PDF icon Iowa Governor's Development Disabilities Council-Guardianship and Conservatorship in Iowa

PDF icon Iowa State Bar Association-Guardianship and Conservatorship Handbook

Iowa Legal Aid-Legal Hotline for Older Iowans




Aging with Dignity

American Bar Association-Commission on Law and Aging

Caring Connections

National Guardianship Association

Social Security Administration-Representative Payee Program


Iowa Department on Aging

Iowa Governor's Development Disabilities Council

Iowa Legal Aid Hotline for Older Iowans

State Substitute Medical Decision Making Boards
515-242-6333 or contact by email