Powers of Attorney
POWERS OF ATTORNEY
Ensure your voice is heard when you cannot speak
Should the unthinkable happen and leave you incapable of expressing your own wishes with regard to your property, your medical care and treatment options, financial obligations and other important matters, you need someone you trust to have legal authority to make these decisions and execute your wishes on your behalf. You may need to appoint a durable power of attorney.
Give your trusted proxy powers that remain effective
People often ask what the difference is between a Power of Attorney and a Durable Power of Attorney. The former covers your finances, assets and powers. The Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care is often called a Living Will causing people to confuse it with a Living Trust, which is completely different. Both appointments have some similar legal powers that will be recognized by the courts. You dictate what your agent is and is not allowed to do and he / she cannot act outside of the scope of the document and their power ends once the purpose has been fulfilled, or you recover the ability to make your own decisions, or the Grantor of the power passes away.
The powers of the durable power of attorney continue if you become incapacitated and ceases to exist upon your death. In the event of incapacitation, the agent you appoint can legally manage your financial affairs until you recover and can resume them yourself without having to receive permission from the courts. Your family’s needs are still met and the risk of financial loss is reduced. The granting of a Power of Attorney is a very important matter. The agent must promise to act only for the benefit of the Grantor but it can become a test of a person’s basic honesty.
What are your advanced medical directives?
Do you want to be resuscitated if your heart stops beating, or you stop breathing?
Do you want to be intubated if you cannot breathe on your own?
Are you an organ donor?
Do you want to be on life support indefinitely?
Lay out the terms of your medical treatment for many scenarios. Make sure your physicians and family know what your medical wishes are.
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Take care of yourself and make sure your family is protected during a very stressful time in everyone’s lives — appoint a durable power of attorney for health care to act on your behalf.