As we get older, there may come a point when we need some help with the day-to-day management of our affairs. To have a trusted person available to help can be important for you.
Durable Power of Attorney
Good planning for the future will consider what happens should you become unable to take care of your own affairs. Who has authority to take care of your business affairs and pay your bills? If you do not plan for this, it may be necessary for your family or care givers to ask a court to appoint a guardian for you.
Medical Power of Attorney
Much like a Durable Power of Attorney, the Medical Power of Attorney allows you to appoint a trusted person to be your surrogate to make medical decisions for you should you be unable to make your own decisions. This person acts on your behalf to deal with healthcare professionals to admit you to the hospital, check you out of the hospital, consent to treatment, release your medical records, and do whatever you could do about your health care if you were able to make your own decisions. This Medical Power of Attorney gives no authority to make any medical decisions for you as long as you are able to make your own decisions. It is a standby directive and only comes into play if it is needed.
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