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Power of Attorney: How it Works

While no one wants to think about it, anyone could be suddenly struck by a physical or mental condition that leaves them unable to respond or make sound decisions. When this happens, that person’s medical, financial, and legal decisions become complex dilemmas as everyone tries to figure out who has the authority to make the decisions. With a durable power of attorney, however, this question is answered by the best person possible: the incapacitated person.

A power of attorney is a legal document that gives a chosen person the power to act on your behalf should some set of circumstances come to pass. Usually this takes effect when the person giving power of attorney is incapacitated. This could be a physical condition like a coma, or it could be a mental condition like Alzheimer’s or dementia. 

Once given, the person granted power of attorney can then make financial, medical, and legal decisions on behalf of the incapacitated person. This can include things like determining how long the individual should be on life-support, whether or not to request a do not resuscitate order, and how the individual’s finances and assets should be managed. 

Due to the intensely personal nature of these decisions, it is recommended that power of attorney only be given to trusted friends or close family members who understand and respect the wishes of the person granting them power of attorney. It’s a good idea to have a durable power of attorney at all times so that in the event of some unforeseen event there is no confusion about who is allowed to make the decisions on behalf of the incapacitated person.

If you would like to draft a durable power of attorney to protect your wishes in the event that you are unable to act, you will need an experienced trusts & estates attorney who is familiar with the local laws governing power of attorney in your area. The best way to find the right trusts & estates attorney for you is with Attorney at Law.

At AAL, our nationwide network of attorneys and law firms allows us to match you with the best attorney for your particular situation. Our partners are chosen based on experience and client care. They know that these matters are serious and are willing to guide you through it with empathy and knowledgeability far exceeding the usual standard.

Don’t wait. Contact AAL today for a free, no obligation consultation and secure your future.

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