Why are Powers of Attorney the most important documents you can have while you are alive?
In Powers of Attorney, you – rather than a court – can provide instructions for your own medical care and financial management decisions in the event you become mentally incompetent. In a medical power of attorney, you provide instructions regarding your medical care to your patient advocate, who carries out your wishes with medical personnel. With a healthcare declaration in your medical power of attorney, you provide care instructions in the event you become terminally ill, fall into an irreversible coma, or placed on life support. In a financial power of attorney, you – rather than the court – select a succession of agents to carry out your personal financial business in the event that you are rendered temporarily or permanently unable to make your own decisions.