Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that allows another person act as your legal agent.  A general power of attorney allows the person you designate to do anything that you could legally do.  A special or limited power of attorney lists particular act(a) that the person you designate is authorized to do and limits that person to only the actions you have designated.  Both a general and special power of attorney terminate in the event you become incapacitated. 

  • Durable Power of Attorney:  A durable power of attorney designates another person to handle your legal matters in the event you are unable to do so while you are still living.  In other words, this type of power of attorney remains in effect even if you become incapacitated and unable to make decisions for yourself.  

  • Medical Power of Attorney: A medical power of attorney designated another person to make medical decisions for you if you cannot speak to your doctors yourself.  This is different from a living will because a living will does not appoint a medical representative for you.  The person designated in a medical power should be someone you trust to execute your desires and act in your best interest. It is important that you speak to the person you designate in a medical power of attorney so that they are aware of you feel about various medical decisions.  

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