12/05/17 What’s a Power of Attorney?

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A power of attorney is a document that allows you to appoint a person or organization to handle your affairs while you’re unavailable or unable to do so. The person or organization you appoint is referred to as an “Attorney-in-Fact” or “Agent.”

  • General Power of Attorney – authorizes your Agent to act on your behalf in a variety of different situations.
  • Special Power of Attorney – authorizes your Agent to act on your behalf in specific situations only.
  • Health Care Power of Attorney – allows you to appoint someone to make health care decisions for you if you’re incapacitated.
  • Durable” Power of Attorney -The general, special and health care powers of attorney can all be made “durable” by adding certain text to the document. This means that the document will remain in effect or take effect if you become mentally incompetent.
  • Revocation of Power of Attorney – allows you to revoke a power of attorney document.

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