A power of attorne
y is a written document in which one person (the principal) appoints another person to act as an agent on his or her behalf, thus conferring authority on the agent to perform certain acts or functions on behalf of the principal. Powers of attorney can be written to be either general (full) or limited to special circumstances.
There are two different types of powers of attorneys: health care and property.
A health care power of attorney and a living will are legal documents that provide you with options for expressing medical care preferences and instructions, should you become mentally incapacitated or otherwise unable to make or communicate decisions. It allows you to grant a trusted person, known as an agent, the authority to make medical and end-of-life care decisions on your behalf.
A power of attorney for property is a written document in which you give someone the power to make decisions about your property and finances if you become unable to make these decisions yourself. This "attorney" could be responsible for taking care of your banking matters, managing your investments, running your business, buying and selling real estate on your behalf, or paying your monthly bills. The only thing that you could not appoint an attorney to do is to write your Will.
If you are in need of one of these powers of attorney, contact the Women's Legal Services Center today to schedule an appointment with an experienced attorney.