There are two major types of durable powers of attorney that can be essential for estate planning purposes. They should always be executed as part of a comprehensive estate plan that has put together by a knowledgeable attorney.
First of all, you may use a durable power of attorney for asset management which gives an empowered agent the authority to make financial and legal decisions on behalf of the principal.
You might instead choose to or in conjunction with also use a durable power of attorney for health care. This gives the designated agent the opportunity to make healthcare decisions on behalf of the principal. It is necessary to have a conversation with your designated agents about the importance of these documents and that person’s responsibility to act in your stead, if necessary.
Many people may opt to select the same agent for both documents but you can choose different people if you wish. These legal documents should be prepared well in advance before the principal individual starts facing challenges with various areas of their life. Having a conversation with the potential agents can also ensure that the agent is indeed interested in serving in such a capacity in a durable power of attorney. This can give you peace of mind for you and your family because of the protection provided for you, your heirs and the assets that you have worked so hard to develop and save.