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What does Power of Attorney mean

November 28, 2017 | TS Prosperity Group

A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document in which the principal (you) designate another person (called the agent or attorney-in-fact) to act on your behalf to make all decisions, in specified matters or all matters.

Deciding where and how to start with this process can seem overwhelming if you’re not exactly sure why you should have one or how it works. We have outlined the top FAQ’s regarding power of attorney to help get you started. 

What do I want my Power of Attorney to do?

  • Make general personal financial decisions
  • Make decisions regarding only my healthcare
  • Make specific decisions in one aspect of my financial affairs

Why do I need this?

  • To execute legal documents on my behalf while traveling
  • In anticipation of potential mental/physical incapacity
  • I need a specific or limited decision made in my absence
  • To determine course of medical action when I am unable to

What is needed to facilitate this?

  • Standard General Power of Attorney - A general power of attorney ends when a person becomes mentally incapable because of sickness or injury to handle his or her own affairs
  • Durable General Power of Attorney - A special form of authorization that allows the attorney-in-fact to continue acting on the principal's behalf even if the principal is ill or unable to communicate
  • Limited Power of Attorney - A limited power of attorney can place restrictions on an attorney-in-fact's general powers
  • Healthcare directive or surrogate or a living will
    • A health care directive is a legal document in which a person specifies what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves because of illness or incapacity
    • A living will is a document that enables a person to make his or her wishes known regarding life-prolonging treatment in advance of the time when the person is no longer able to participate actively in decisions concerning his or her medical care
    • A surrogate, as relates to health care, is an adult who has been properly designated to make health care decisions on behalf of another person

What are the benefits?

  • Allows me to designate another party to transact business on my behalf
  • Allows designee to transact business on my behalf even if I am incapacitated
  • Limits the Attorney-In-Fact to dealing only with specific issues on my behalf
  • Gives me the comfort to know that my healthcare decisions are in place/designated

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