Everyone should have instructions in place in the event that a serious injury or medical condition leaves a person unable to make his or her own medical and financial decisions.
Medical Power of Attorney
A Medical Power of Attorney, also known as a Healthcare Power of Attorney, allows you to appoint an agent who will make medical and personal care decisions on your behalf when you cannot make those decisions yourself. In this document, you may grant your agent very broad authority or very limited authority, and give specific directions and guidance about your wishes and beliefs. Medical Powers of Attorney may also include any specific instructions about organ donation.
Financial Power of Attorney
A Financial Power of Attorney, also known as a General Durable Power of Attorney, allows you to appoint an agent who will legally manage your finances and property on your behalf, if you become incapacitated and can no longer make those decisions yourself.