Powers of Attorney & Healthcare Directives
Powers of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a document allows a designated individual to handle critical financial transactions on your behalf and is especially important if you become incapacitated (and is only effective while you are alive). The powers granted can be very broad or extremely limited and can range from signing checks for household expenses, to arranging the sale of property, to managing a business.
An Advance Healthcare Directive (also called a Healthcare Power of Attorney or Living Will) expresses your preferences concerning life-sustaining procedures, healthcare decisions, and the general care you wish to receive in the event of incapacitation. These documents can include very detailed instructions with specific instructions for various treatments, conditions and illnesses, medications, and medical procedures. However, since there are many “unknowns” when it comes to predicting future medical and healthcare needs, the reality is that most of the time the instructions usually cover how the agent is to make end-of-life decisions; specifically regarding maintaining or stopping life sustaining treatment.