If someone becomes unable to make their own decisions, powers of attorney and health care proxies are valuable tools. These important documents allow a person to designate a trusted individual to take charge of his or her financial and health care affairs.
Power of Attorney
- Controls all personal affairs unrelated to health matters
- Authority may include financial management, real estate transactions, litigation, Medicaid planning, and tax matters
- May grant only specific powers to limit agent’s authority
- Terminates upon death or when you revoke it
- Opportunity to appoint monitor to ensure agent is accountable for decisions
Health Care Proxy
- Applies only to health care decisions
- Effective only when a person is unable to make health decisions
- May be revoked at any time
We are available to assist you with completing these very critical documents.