To Do: Durable Power of Attorney

Jacqueline Marcell Health Guide
  • A Durable Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives an individual the right to step in and make decision for a specified person if they become incapacitated. Two are needed: one for health decisions and one for financial.

    If you have aging parents, sit down and have the discussion and get their wishes in writing long before it is needed–and definitely before any type of dementia is diagnosed. A person with dementia is not considered of sound mind and able to sign a Durable Power of Attorney.

    What if your mother has a stroke and is in a coma and you need to get into her bank account to be able to pay her bills? You can’t just go to her bank and tell them you need control of her money. With a Durable Power of Attorney, you will be able to handle her affairs in her best interest. And since her wishes are in writing, there is no confusion about what she wants you do to.
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    You can find a sample Durable Power of Attorney here.

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Published On: October 13, 2006