A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone to make decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. It is important to choose someone who you trust and who you believe will make decisions that are in your best interests. Some power of attorney documents grant broad authority to the person appointed, and there is often little oversight.
Under a durable power of attorney, the person appointed is called your ‘Agent’ or ‘Attorney-in-Fact.’ Under the medical power of attorney, the person appointed is known as your Patient Advocate.
Here are some things to consider when choosing your Agent or Patient Advocate under a power of attorney:
Once you have chosen your Agent and Patient Advocate, it is important to discuss your wishes with them. This includes things like your financial and medical wishes, as well as your funeral arrangements. It is also important to give your power of attorney a copy of your power of attorney documents.
If you do not have a power of attorney, you will not have someone in place to legally make decisions for you if you become incapacitated. This can be a very difficult situation for you and your loved ones. It is important to take steps to protect yourself by creating power of attorney documents.
Here are some additional things to keep in mind when creating a power of attorney:
If you have any questions about powers of attorney, please feel free to give us a call. We can help you understand your options and create power of attorney documents that meet your needs.