Powers of Attorney

To Spring or Not to Spring a Durable Power of Attorney

March 2, 2015

Every adult should have a durable power of attorney. What is a Durable Power of Attorney? A durable power of attorney is a document that will allow you to appoint someone you trust to engage in specified business, financial and legal transactions on your behalf. It is called “durable” because it does not terminate if […]

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Storing Your Health Care Directives: There’s an App for That!

May 14, 2014

I have written before about the importance of having health care directives. These documents allow you to appoint a trusted family member or friend to make medical decisions for you when you are incapacitated. Having paper copies of these documents works really well if you know you’re going to be hospitalized. You can just take them […]

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Can I Sign a Medical Power of Attorney for Someone Else?

February 17, 2014

I got a phone call from a man last week seeking information on how to revoke a Medical Power of Attorney. After talking to him for a few minutes, I became confused. The man started the conversation saying that his father had signed the Medical Power of Attorney several years ago. His father now wanted […]

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How To Manage Someone Else’s Money

November 13, 2013

If you are serving as a financial caregiver, you likely have a lot of questions about your responsibilities. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released some booklets that may help answer them. Whether you’re an agent under a power of attorney, a court-appointed guardian, a trustee or a government fiduciary, the “Managing Someone Else’s Money” […]

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Can A Spouse Access Health Care Information Without A HIPAA Authorization?

October 16, 2013

A few weeks ago, my husband received a bill from a medical provider for some routine blood tests his physician had recommended. We had already received a bill for the same service, which was a fraction of the amount billed on the new invoice, so we were sure there must have been some mistake. Because […]

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Sign A Durable Power of Attorney Before It’s Too Late

October 9, 2013

I got a message recently from a woman with questions about getting a power of attorney to handle her ailing father’s financial affairs. Her father was in a nursing home. He was suffering from dementia and was no longer capable of handling his finances. Because of his cognitive impairment, it was too late for him […]

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