Patient Advocate Designation - Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions
Powers of Attorney, Generally
A power of attorney is a document in which the person signing the document, the principal, gives another person, the agent or attorney-in-fact, the authority to handle some responsibilities for him or her. The agent can do things the principal could do, such as sign checks, pay bills, and sell assets.
Use of the Power of Attorney
A properly drafted power of attorney can help a family avoid the time, expense, and emotional trauma of going to court to seek a guardianship and conservatorship for a loved one who can no longer care for him or herself.
Durable Power of Attorney
Because an agent has the powers of her principal - and only those powers - if the principal becomes incompetent, the agent's power ends. It is possible, however, to plan beyond this result. When the principal gives the agent authority to act after the principal is incompetent, the power of attorney is called a durable power of attorney.
Immediate or "Springing" Powers
The principal can either give immediate authority to the agent, or can provide that the agent's authority begins when the principal is unable to act.
Durable Power of Attorney -Financial
If the power of attorney document is not otherwise labeled, it is usually a power of attorney for financial and business decisions.
Patient Advocate Designation
In Michigan, when the principal gives the agent authority to make healthcare decisions, the power of attorney is called a patient advocate designation.
Call For More Information
If you have questions about how a properly-drafted power of attorney can protect you or a loved one, call attorney William Lamb at Elder Law of Chelsea: (734) 475-2100.