Power of Attorney – Preparation and Duties
posted on December 7, 2017
“When a person loses the ability to make decisions, many things in their daily life cannot be done.” – Areta Lloyd, alzlive.com
There are no automatic rights allowing a child, partner or spouse to take over important decision making. “Therefore, it is a very good idea to plan for the time when mental competence will be an issue.” Appointing an attorney is one option for dementia patients.
There are two types of Attorneys:
Attorneys for Property
Attorneys for Personal Care
“By appointing an attorney for property and/or personal care, the dementia patient actively chooses the person he or she believes will make decisions that they would have made for themselves.” The attorney will be making decisions as if they are actually the person who needs the decisions made, so selecting the right attorney involves serious thought.
This Article will Explore:
Personal Care Decisions
- Who can be an Attorney for Personal Care?
- When does a Personal Care Attorney act?
- What are an Attorney’s duties?
- How does a Personal Care Attorney make decisions?
- What about guidance?
- Who can be an Attorney for Property?
- When does a Property Attorney act?
- What are the duties of an Attorney for Property?
- How do Property Attorneys make decisions?
- What do they pay for?
- Duty of confidentiality
- Payment for Property Attorneys
- Court review of accounts
To learn much more about Power of Attorneys, click here.
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