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What Is a Power of Attorney & Do I Need One? May 15, 2017

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What Is a Power of Attorney & Do I Need One?, Manhattan, New York

Whether you are ill or in perfect health, you cannot guarantee you'll always be able to make good personal, medical, and business decisions for yourself. For this reason, most people would benefit from a power of attorney.

A power of attorney is a legal document appointing another individual or organization to make decisions on your behalf and handle your affairs when you are unable to do so, either for medical reasons or because you'll be out of the country. A power of attorney ensures control will stay in the hands of someone you trust.

There are several types of power of attorney. A general power of attorney covers a broad range of actions, including business decisions, lawsuits, purchases and sales, and gifts. This type of power of attorney is useful both when you are temporarily unavailable to make decisions and when you are unconscious or impaired.

power of attorneyA special power of attorney is more limited; it grants one or a few of the powers a general power of attorney would, as specified in the document. When you have a specific affair you'd like someone else to handle, use a special power of attorney.

A health care power of attorney pertains to medical decisions and allows a trusted individual or group to act when you can't. An advanced health care directive is a combination of a health care power of attorney and a living will.

You can't be sure when tragedy may strike, but a power of attorney can help you determine what will happen next. Create a power of attorney today to place your affairs in the hands of someone you trust.


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