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What Does Power Of Attorney Mean?

Power of Attorney

There are times in life where someone is not able to make decisions relative to their health, finances, or other legal affairs. Courts recognize that persons with cognitive impairments, traumatic brain injuries, or diminished mental capabilities due to dementia, need someone to act on their behalf to take care of their affairs. When someone is given the legal ability to act in place of another, the individual with decision-making ability is said to have power of attorney.

Power of attorney is extremely important for the elderly. In our country, we are living longer, but as we age, our ability to think critically can diminish. With decreased ability to make decisions, it is likely that an elderly person could act in a manner inconsistent with their best interest.

Those who have appointed a trusted friend or relative to act on their behalf can rest assured knowing that they are in good hands, which allows for the elderly to enjoy some peace of mind.

It is important to note that those without trusted family and friends are not without options when it comes to power of attorney. Elders sometimes outlive their friends and family, and in these instances, they can appoint a trusted individual or agency to act on their behalf. The decision to grant someone power of attorney should not be taken lightly. It is important to appoint someone with a track record of making wise decisions.

If you or your loved one is in need of, or is considering granting power of attorney, the legal experts at Baxter and Borowicz can help navigate the process. We recognize that families often have many worries about their aging loved ones, and we take pride in fighting for the full protection of their rights. Contact us today to learn how we can help you!

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