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Power of attorney is a written legal authorization that allows a trusted person to act on another person’s behalf if the need arises. If a person becomes incapacitated, for example, the individual with power of attorney may step in and make important financial and health care-related decisions.
No one expects to be unable to take care of their own affairs. However, having a plan just in case can ensure you have a trusted ally to make difficult decisions, should the need ever arise.
A financial general power of attorney designates a person to make all financial decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. The use of a general power of attorney avoids a costly court guardianship proceeding if you become incapacitated.
Also called a health care power of attorney or advance directive, a living will shares your desire for treating serious medical problems in the event you are unable to speak for yourself. This legal document does not go into effect unless you are unable to express yourself. Having a living will can relieve your close relatives from the burden of having to make difficult decisions on your behalf.
You can also designate specific people to receive your health care information and carry out your wishes regarding your body after your death.
Affidavit as to Designation of Agent for Body Disposition. You may specify a person to have the sole right to determine the disposition of your body at your death. This includes by burial, cremation, anatomical donation or any other legal method. You may also list instructions for your agent to follow regarding this process.
HIPAA authorization. HIPAA is a law that limits disclosure of your health records, regardless of your state of health. You authorize your health care providers to disclose your health information to the persons listed in this document and openly discuss the information with them.
If you’re considering establishing a power of attorney, we can help. The ins and outs of the law can be complex. It’s helpful to have an experienced professional as your advocate through the process. The attorneys and staff at Bort Law are well-versed in the law and can ensure the process goes smoothly.
Contact Bort Law to schedule a meeting about estate planning. We can discuss your wishes, explain your options, and help you move forward the right way.