Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney (P.O.A.) is a legal document that gives someone else the right to act on your behalf. You can name an individual to make financial decisions for you, such as paying your bills, with a continuing power of attorney for property.
For personal care and health decisions such as where you live, what you eat or what medical care you will receive if you get sick or injured, you can name someone in a power of attorney for personal care.
A Power of Attorney a.k.a. “living will” only apply while you are alive and cease to be effective upon your death. In addition, there is no requirement that these documents be registered. However, you may want to make sure that the people in your life who are named in the POA know about these documents and have a copy or know how to locate one.
If the document is properly completed, signed and witnessed, and you had the legal capacity to give the POA there are no further steps that need to be taken in order for it to be legally binding. Please note, some people, for example, your spouse and children, are not allowed to serve as a witness to you when signing the POA.