Powers of Attorney

Who will decide when we can’t?

Powers of AttorneyDurable Power of Attorney for health care names someone who can make medical decisions on your behalf, if you are unable.  Even if you have no assets, you still have some opinion about what happens if you become incapacitated…right?  Don’t leave your loved ones in doubt.  Keep everyone out of court.  Hopefully, this medical power of attorney (also known as a Power of Attorney for Health Care) will never be used, but you can rest easy that it is in place.  It helps:

  • Decide between different treatments or none at all
  • Decide where you live (your own home or nursing home)
  • Decide who will make decisions on your behalf. This is especially important if someone (such as a companion) is best suited, but has no “legal status”.

This way, someone who understands your wishes can deal with medical professionals and will fight for your interests.  We also suggest naming a back-up fiduciary.

HIPPA Authorization is also a vital document.  This allows health workers to give your important medical information to those who need it.  Without this document, there could be frustration and delay when time is scarce.  (Some health-care workers may not be aware that the POAHC mentioned above is sufficient authorization!)

Durable Power of Attorney for Property allows you to name a trusted agent to transact business, such as pay bills, in the event you become incapacitated.   It must be signed and notarized while you still competent to do so.  Without this document, others may be forced to petition the court to conduct your financial transactions.  There are also non-durable powers of attorney that allow a person to act on your behalf for specific transactions, or over specific periods of time and under certain business situations – but end if you become incapacitated.