By Jeannette McKenzie
Life can be unpredictable so you need to be ready for a time when you might not be able to care for yourself. Among other planning tools, there are two Power of Attorney documents that you should have in place if you are unable to care for yourself personally or take care of your personal business. The first is a Durable Health Care Power of Attorney. The other is a Durable Power of Attorney. These documents allow you to name a trusted family member or friend who will have the authority to take care of your medical or personal business when you are unable to take care of yourself. These documents can help prevent the need for a court appointed guardianship or conservatorship.
A Health Care Power of Attorney allows the person you choose to make inquiries and make decisions about your medical well-being This includes making medical decisions when you cannot.