Powers of Attorney

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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Estate Planning for College Students

October 2, 2013

A couple of years ago, I wrote blog post titled “Three Estate Planning Documents Every College Student Needs.” The post was prompted by a Facebook page I came across, which was started by an irate mother after a nurse refused to provide her with information about her daughter who was injured in a car accident […]

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What is the Difference Between
a Medical and Durable Power of Attorney?

August 21, 2013

A durable power of attorney is a written document that creates an agency relationship between the person granting authority and an agent, or attorney-in-fact, the person to whom authority is granted. By signing a durable power of attorney, you authorize another person to engage in specified business, financial and legal transactions on your behalf. It […]

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