Power of Attorney

What is a Power of Attorney?

Power of Attorney is one of the most common documents notarized by our notaries.

A power of attorney (POA) is a document that allows you to appoint a person or organization to manage your affairs if you become unable to do so.

There are few different POA’s – each type gives your attorney-in-fact (the person who will be making decisions on your behalf) a different level of control.

It’s important to know that ordinary, or “nondurable,” POA automatically end if the person who makes them loses mental capacity. In case you ever become mentally incapacitated, you’ll need what are known as “durable” powers of attorney for medical care and finances. A durable power of attorney simply means that the document stays in effect if you become incapacitated and unable to handle matters on your own.

A general POA gives broad powers to a person or organization (known as an agent or attorney-in-fact) to act in your behalf. These powers include

  • handling financial and business transactions,
  • buying life insurance,
  • settling claims,
  • operating business interests,
  • making gifts,
  • and employing professional help.

General power of attorney is an effective tool if you will be out of the country and need someone to handle certain matters, or when you are physically or mentally incapable of managing your affairs. A general power of attorney is often included in an estate plan to make sure someone can handle financial matters.

A durable power of attorney simply means that the document stays in effect if you become incapacitated and unable to handle matters on your own.

You might also sign a durable power of attorney to prepare for the possibility that you may become mentally incompetent due to illness or injury. Specify in the power of attorney that it cannot go into effect until a doctor certifies you as mentally incompetent. You may name a specific doctor who you wish to determine your competency, or require that two licensed physicians agree on your mental state.

A medical power of attorney is one type of health care directive — that is, a document that set out your wishes for health care if you are ever too ill or injured to speak for yourself.

When you make a medical power of attorney you name a trusted person to oversee your medical care and make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so.

Your health care agent will work with doctors and other health care providers to make sure you get the kind of medical care you wish to receive. When arranging your care, your agent is legally bound to follow your treatment preferences to the extent that he or she knows about them.

You can specify exactly what powers an agent may exercise by signing a special power of attorney. This is often used when one cannot handle certain affairs due to other commitments or health reasons. Selling property (personal and real), managing real estate, collecting debts, and handling business transactions are some of the common matters specified in a special power of attorney document.

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