What is a power of attorney and why do I need one?

When you’re planning with the end in mind as many people now are as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the things you should consider including in your plan is your power of attorney. A power of attorney is a legal document that “gives one or more persons the power to act on your behalf as your agent.” You determine how much or how little power you want to give to this person(s).

In a power of attorney document, the person you assign the “power” to shall be recognized as your agent or attorney-in-fact. Some of the things an agent can do with a power of attorney include making medical decisions for you in the event you are physically or mentally incapable of making them yourself. An agent can also make financial decisions on your behalf. Again, it is up to you to determine how much power you want to give a person and to ensure it is properly documented in your power of attorney. Many individuals fail to realize that although “a power of attorney is accepted in all states, the rules and requirements differ from state to state” [Source: American Bar Association].

If you are looking to name someone in your power of attorney as you fear the COVID-19 virus could impact you, you need to be sure you have a reputable and experienced Coral Springs, FL estate planning attorney helping you. If your power of attorney isn’t written in a way that conforms to your state’s laws, it may be invalid which means the person you named as your agent wouldn’t have the “power” you assigned to them. If you would like to discuss a power of attorney with a lawyer in the Coral Springs or Pompano area, contact Express Law at 561-449-2076.


What types of medical power can I assign to a person named in a power of attorney?


Many individuals assign someone in their power of attorney to make medical decisions to ensure things are handled according to their terms, not a health care professional. Some “powers” a person can assign to someone they name in the legal document include:


  1. You can allow the person to agree to, refuse, or withdraw consent to any type of medical care, treatment, surgical procedures, tests, or medications.”
  2. You might allow them to authorize admission to or discharge from any hospital, nursing home, residential care, assisted-living facility, etc. even it is against medical advice.


Now, if you would like to learn more about getting a power of attorney, you can contact Pompano Beach, FL estate planning lawyer Margery Golant to discuss this.


Express Law can be reached at:


Festival Marketplace

2900 West Sample Road

Pompano Beach, FL 33073

Phone: 561-449-2076

Website: www.expresslaw.net

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