Legal & Financial

Do you need to appoint a Power of Attorney or Medical Advocate?

“I have power of attorney, medical representative and trustee designations.
It’s really hard.”

Wills and power of attorney may not be topics your relatives want to discuss; however, these issues need to be addressed before it’s too late to make sure that their assets are properly taken care of and that their medical treatment preferences are known. A will directs how a person wants property to be distributed after death and appoints a trusted person to be the executor; and a durable power of attorney provides written authorization for a person you name to act on your behalf for whatever financial or health care purpose you spell out. An advance directive is a legal document that provides directions for your health care if you are unable to speak for yourself.

ASK…

Do you have a will?

Have you executed a durable power of attorney or considered who you might want to handle your finances or health care decisions in the event that you are unable to do so?

Are important legal documents up to date and where are they kept?

What other legal matters are you concerned about?

Have you appointed a trusted person who can speak for you in the event that you cannot speak for yourself? With whom have you discussed your last wishes? Have you committed your wishes in writing for others to follow? Power of Attorney and Medical Advocate designations are two vital documents just as important as buying insurance. The above resources can help you through this process.

Here are some resources to checkout:
FiveWishes.Org •Legal Aid for Elderly •Bureau of Consumer Protection