A Power of Attorney is a written document telling someone they can act on behalf of someone else.
Usually powers of attorney relate to the ability to manage another person’s property, income or finances. Any person over the age of 18 should have one of these in case of an accident or illness. Being married to someone does not automatically include the right to manage a spouse’s finances.
If an accident happens and there is not power of attorney, the courts will need to get involved to appoint a guardian or conservator.
You can also have a power of attorney regarding your health care. The difference is that a health care power of attorney is of no effect until a person is no longer able to communicate with their health care provider. If an accident happens and there is no health care power of attorney, the courts will need to get involved to appoint a guardian.
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