Articles Tagged with Medical Power of Attorney

In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to have your legal, financial and medical ducks in a row. Sadly, when serious illness strikes it is usually quite rapid and often unexpected. In these times, however, we do have forewarning that we are all at risk of contracting COVID-19, the coronavirus.

If you have not yet named someone with Medical Power of Attorney, stop procrastinating and get this crucial planning in place now.

What is a Medical Power of Attorney?

9.1.16In many families, it’s easier to figure out the ‘who gets what’ part of an estate plan than it is to decide which person should be power of attorney. Which adult child can handle finances, which one is better with decisions during a crisis?

Making the decision about which family member will take on the responsibility of power of attorney may be a little easier, if you have a clear understanding of what the role entails. Your estate planning attorney has seen every possible family dynamic and will be able to help you work through this decision.

Considerable’s recent article, “How to assign power of attorney without sparking a family feud,” gives us some idea how the power of attorney can work within a family and among siblings.

HurricaneHarvey 8.31.17Many people have heard of Powers of Attorney, and now, during this time of unprecedented disaster and flood, these two documents are more important than ever. There are two Powers of Attorney – the Durable (Financial) Power of Attorney and the Medical Power of Attorney.

The Durable Power Attorney allows you to name someone as your “agent” who can act for you on any financial or other asset-related action that you have authorized. For example, you may have an elder parent who may have been evacuated from an assisted living facility and cannot access their bank accounts, or, you yourself may have been evacuated and the last thing on your mind is how to pay certain bills. With a Durable Power of Attorney in place, the person you name as your agent can act for you and alleviate that pressure, so that you can focus on you and your family’s recovery.

A Medical Power of Attorney works in a similar manner. A Medical Power of Attorney allows you to name someone as your “agent” to make medical decisions for you. For example, say you were injured while evacuating or in a car wreck and could not make medical decisions for yourself. By nominating an agent, that person could make decisions regarding your treatment. Conversely, if you have an elder parent, they could name you as their agent and you could make decisions regarding their treatment. Having a Medical Power of Attorney may relieve your caregivers and loved ones from some of the hoops they would have to jump through to otherwise ensure that you would receive proper care.

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