A power of attorney form allows an individual (principal) to appoint an agent (attorney-in-fact) to make decisions and handle affairs on their behalf. An agent can handle a wide range of matters, including financial, medical, guardianship, or tax-related duties.
Simply download this .doc and .pdf format template, as an example, and complete all your paperwork by yourself without hiring a lawyer.
When naming someone to make health care decisions on your behalf, there are three main types of health care directives for you to consider:
○ a living will indicates your specific desires about life-sustaining treatments.
○ a health care power of attorney names someone that you trust to make health care decisions on your behalf if you’re unable to speak for yourself
○ an advance directive essentially combines a living will and a health care power of attorney into one document.