What is a POA?

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What is a POA?

Prisoners of Azkaban? No, they aren’t that scary.

Plan of Action? No, but similar.

Plan of Attack? No, but closer.

Power of Attorney? Yes!

Simply put:

Healthcare and Financial POAs are a disaster recovery plan. These are the documents you need when you can’t help yourself and you need someone to manage your life.

 

It’s for the scary things we hope never happen but we know in our hearts happen too often; we just don’t want to think about it. Car accidents, after surgery, during an illness, falling off the ladder, or slipping in the tub.

You nominate someone you would trust with your life because you are possibly trusting them with your life. This is the Power of Attorney Agent.

Technically put:

A Healthcare Power of Attorney is a document that nominates a person/agent to make healthcare decisions for you when you are unable to and gives that person direction on your wishes specifically for end of life care and funeral arrangements.

A Financial Power of Attorney is a document that nominates a person/agent to make financial decisions for you when you are unable to and gives that person direction on what they can do for you and the ability to access your money or property to help you.

Everyone needs at least a Healthcare Power of Attorney. In Arizona, you can find the healthcare forms at the Arizona Attorney General’s website. Do it today!

Authored by Attorney Jennifer Kupiszewski

Here comes the disclaimer: we are lawyers, so this blog offers both legal information and answers to common questions. However, we are not your lawyers, so reading this blog does NOT create an attorney-client relationship; it is information and not advice.


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