In Powers of Attorney, you – rather than a court – can provide instructions for your own medical care and financial management decisions in the event you become mentally incompetent. In a medical power of attorney, you provide instructions regarding your medical care to your patient advocate, who carries out your wishes with medical personnel. With a healthcare declaration in your medical power of attorney, you provide care instructions in the event you become terminally ill, fall into an irreversible coma, or are placed on life support. In a financial power of attorney, you – rather than the court – select a succession of agents to carry out your personal financial business if you are rendered temporarily or permanently unable to make your own decisions.
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