A power of attorney is a legal document that sets out directions for who will manage your financial and medical decisions while you’re alive if you are incapable of making decisions for yourself (such as if you’re unwell or in hospital - this is usually documented in an enduring power of attorney) or unavailable for a period of time (such as financial decisions while you are overseas on a trip - this is usually documented in a general power of attorney).
A power of attorney is used during your lifetime. After you die, your Will is the legal document that must be followed.
A power of attorney lawyer (who will be a wills and estate planning lawyer) can help you get peace of mind by preparing a legally valid power of attorney for you that delegates the appropriate powers and appoints a suitable attorney who can fulfil your financial and/or medical decision-making needs as your attorney. In most cases, a responsible family member or trusted friend will be a suitable person to appoint as your attorney.
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