Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal instrument that allows a person to grant decision-making authority to another person or entity. This document is especially important in the event of incapacity. Most often, powers of attorney are limited to areas concerning medical care and property decisions. Depending upon the wording of the document, a power of attorney can give another person, typically a spouse or adult child, either full or limited control over decisions.

A medical power of attorney is not a living will. A living will or advanced health care directive dictates the extent and type of medical care desired by the individual, typically at the end of life. A medical power of attorney gives another individual the right to enforce the terms of the living will and make decisions on the patient's behalf in the event that specific health care decisions are not covered in the living will.

Why You Should Have a Power of Attorney

Most often, the state recognizes that spouses automatically have authority to make health care decisions for an incapacitated spouse. A power of attorney is important, however, if one or both spouses become incapacitated and are unable to make critical decisions regarding the other spouse's medical care and financial matters. Elderly people often grant final power of attorney to one or more adult children. To reduce the possibility of a dispute between your agents, it is important to properly draft the powers of attorney.

We have experience in all areas of elder care and life-care planning, including:

  • Medical and property (financial) powers of attorney
  • Living wills, advanced health care directives
  • Medicaid planning

  • Mental health powers of attorney
  • Conservatorships and guardianships

At the law firm of Marrs & Terry, PLLC, we have been helping families meet their life-care and long-term planning needs in Ann Arbor, Detroit and throughout the communities of Michigan. If it is time to consider the benefits of a power of attorney for your family, talk to us right away. We will provide a clear explanation of the advantages and benefits, as well as the limitations.

Contact Our Michigan Estate Planning Lawyers

For more information about powers of attorney, contact us at Marrs & Terry. Call us toll free at 866-665-8095 or e-mail the law firm to schedule a consultation.