A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that allows someone else to deal with your affairs. There are two main types of POAs:
An Enduring POA can be provided to a person or persons for a variety of circumstances. This POA may give someone absolute power to deal with your affairs, or it may be limited to certain circumstances. This is usually when you are incapable of making sound decisions.
A person with an Enduring POA must always act in the best interests of the person who has appointed them.
A Medical POA can be provided to a person or persons. However, disagreements may arise when there is more than one person with a Medical POA. Ultimately, the Medical POA should be provided to someone who is prepared and willing to respect your wishes when it comes to medical treatments.
Therefore, it is important for you to discuss your wishes with your Medical POA. Medical Professionals must follow protocols, and where these may conflict with your wishes, it will only be a Medical POA that can intervene and provide for your wishes.
We can assist you with understanding and preparing an Enduring or Medical Power of Attorney.
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