Arizona Power of Attorney
A power of attorney is a legal instrument that allows a person to grant decision-making authority to another person or entity. This document is especially important in the event of incapacity. Most often, powers of attorney are limited to areas concerning medical care and property decisions. Depending upon the wording of the document, a power of attorney can give another person, typically a spouse or adult child, either full or limited control over decisions. A medical power of attorney is not a living will.
A living will (advanced health care directive) dictates the extent and type of medical care desired by the individual, typically at the end of life. A medical power of attorney gives another individual the right to enforce the terms of the living will and make decisions on the patient’s behalf in the event that specific health care decisions are not covered in the living will.
Why You Should Have a Power of Attorney
Most often, the state recognizes that spouses automatically have authority to make health care decisions for an incapacitated spouse. This type of legal instrument is important, however, if one or both spouses become incapacitated and unable to make critical decisions regarding the other spouse’s medical care and financial matters. Elderly people often grant final power of attorney to one or more adult children. To reduce the possibility of a dispute between your agents, it is important to properly draft the powers of attorney.
Abood Law Firm has been helping families meet their life-care and long-term planning needs for years. If it is time to consider the benefits of this for your family, talk to us right away. We will provide a clear explanation of the advantages and benefits, as well as the limitations.
602-952-9000 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be pleased to meet with you, review your circumstances, answer questions, and help you understand a power or attorney and how it can benefit you.