Have you made specific plans for your medical needs and family in the case of your incapacitation? Unfortunately, unexpected accidents and emergencies happen, so it's important to be prepared for the worst. Read on to learn more about two of the most common legal tools to protect your wishes, should you become unable to express them in the future.
A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint another person to manage your affairs in the event you become incapacitated. There are different types of power of attorneys. Each type permits the person you appointed, known as the "attorney-in-fact," to exercise different degrees of control over your affairs. They may be able to control your finances, make decisions about your health, or both. Most people do not realize there are different variations of this designation.