What is a Durable Power of Attorney?

A Durable Power of Attorney allows an individual you designate to act as a representative in financial matters should you become disabled or incapacitated. Having a Durable Power of Attorney in place allows your loved one to make decisions for you and eliminates the need for him or her to petition the court for guardianship or conservatorship should disability or incapacity render you unable to act as your own agent. 

Who can establish Power of Attorney?

To establish Power of Attorney, an individual must be legally competent and over the age of majority.

Who may act as an agent under a Power of Attorney?

Anyone who is legally competent and over the age of majority may act as an agent. While family members are typically chosen for this role, any person you trust may be named as an agent.

What is a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care?

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care allows an individual you designate to act as your representative in questions of medical treatment should you lose the ability to make your wishes known for yourself. You can allow your health care agent to decide all medical manners or only certain types of healthcare decisions. Hospitals and medical staff must follow your agent’s directives as though they were your own.

What is a Living Will?

A Living Will communicates your medical treatment preferences should you become unable to communicate your wishes concerning your treatment.

What is a HIPAA Authorization?

A HIPAA authorization allows the release of medical information to any individuals you wish to designate.