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The importance of choosing a power of attorney

One of the most important things to take into consideration during your estate planning is not just what to do with your assets and property, but what to do with you if you find yourself with a catastrophic injury or illness that renders you incapacitated and unable to communicate. What type of healthcare do you want to receive if you are facing serious, potentially life-altering conditions?

Many people find it important to create not only a living will, but to designate an agent with a power of attorney for healthcare to help with your healthcare directives in the event that you are unable to express your wishes or communicate with doctors, medical professionals or family.

An appointed power of attorney agent for healthcare will first and foremost make certain that the wishes expressed in your living will are adhered to, but for decisions that need to be made that are not listed in a living will or advance directive, the individual designated in a power of attorney will make these decisions on your behalf based on what he or she believes that you would want. This can help prevent uncomfortable decisions for other family members to make, which would lead to arguments and disagreements if there are different opinions as to how you should be cared for.

The last thing any of us want to think about is ourselves on our deathbeds, or at least in the midst of a battle due to a sudden injury or illness. But such situations may arise without notice; it is often best to prepare yourself and your family and not overlook a potentially important situation when establishing your estate planning and future.

Source: FindLaw, "The Definition of Power of Attorney, Living Will and Advance Directives," Accessed June 26, 2017

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