Protecting unmarried couples relationships
A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to dictate
who you would like to make decisions on your behalf. While there are
many useful purposes for a power of attorney, they are especially
important to unmarried couples, which live together, when a partner
becomes incapacitated and unable to make decisions.
In such situations, the law usually designates the
incapacitated person's next of kin as the decision maker. With a power
of attorney, unmarried couples can give their partners the power to
make such decisions.
Powers of attorney can be as general or specific as you
decide. You can give your partner the power to make decisions on your
behalf at any time or only when you become incapacitated. You can also
dictate what types of decisions you are authorizing your agent to make.
A health care power of attorney (also referred to as a durable power of
attorney for health care, medical power of attorney, health care proxy
and appointment of health care agent of surrogate) would authorize your
partner (or other agent) to make decisions about your medical treatment
and dictate who you would like to be able to visit you while receiving
By executing a power of attorney for finances (also referred
to as a durable power of attorney for finances) you could dictate whom
you want to make decisions about your legal and financial matters. You
can be very specific about what actions you are authorizing your
partner (or other agent) to make, including which accounts he or she
has access to and the types of decisions he or she can make.
Note that Legal Helper Corp. - http://www.legalhelpmate.com/power-of-attorney.aspx - provides an easy-to-use, quick, and economical online method for creating completed power of attorney for any occasions.
About The Author
Jeffrey Broobin is a free-lance writer on family and finance
issues; his main goal is to help people during their complicated period