You may ask yourself what is a power of attorney? Why would I want to have a power of attorney?
Here at Donald Law Office we focus on two main types of power of attorney’s
1.) Durable Power of Attorney
A durable power attorney is someone who is allowed to make decisions on behalf of an individual also known as the “principal”. The durable power of attorney is also known as the “agent” who carries out the duties of the principal. The duties of the durable power of attorney may vary. A few minor examples include signing a document on behalf of the principal, selling property, or closing a bank account.
2.) Health Care Power of Attorney
A health care power of attorney or agent is allowed to make medical decisions for the principal due to mental illness or life threatening circumstances. These decisions vary but some examples include accepting medical treatment such as intravenous hydration or dialysis or refusal of CPR.
The role of the power of attorney is extremely important and shouldn’t be taken lightly. The principal has the right to revoke the power of attorney if they feel the agent isn’t carrying out the duties promptly and responsibly. The principal should take time and consideration when deciding on who they will choose as their power of attorney. The power of attorney should be someone who is trustworthy and reliable. This legal decision can offer reassurance to the principal that their needs and wishes will ultimately be fulfilled.