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Commonly asked questions
What is a power of attorney?
What is durable power of attorney?
What is the difference between a power of attorney and a health care directive?
What is an agent?
Who should I appoint as my agent?
Can I appoint multiple agents?
Can I revoke my power of attorney?
When should I use a power of attorney?
Do I need a power of attorney if I create a living trust?
What happens if the agent is abusing the power of attorney?
Can my agent change my will?
What if I don’t have a power of attorney?
A power of attorney authorizes someone to act on your behalf in a specified matter, generally regarding financial and legal decisions when you are unable or incapacitated. A health care directive, which appoints a Health Care Agent, authorizes someone to make decisions for you regarding your healthcare if you are incapacitated or unable to make decisions for yourself.
If you become incapacitated and unable to make decisions for yourself or manage your own finances, you will need someone who can step in and handle your affairs. Without a power of attorney, your loved ones will have to go through court proceedings to appoint someone to do so.