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Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document in which the principal designates an agent (attorney in fact) to handle the affairs of the principal while the principal is alive. In Texas, there are two powers of attorney available, a medical power of attorney and a statutory durable power of attorney.

Medical Power of Attorney

This document is limited in scope to times when the principal is incapacitated and cannot communicate with their health care providers. Under those circumstances, an agent appointed by the principal can make medical decisions, confer with the treating professionals and insure that the principal’s wishes are carried out. Once the principal regains capacity or can communicate then the medical agent's powers cease. There are certain restrictions on an agent’s powers so contact Rebecca Covell to determine what would be the best choices for you.

Statutory Durable Power of Attorney

This document allows the principal to name an agent who can handle business and financial matters. It can be made effective immediately or it can have a delayed effective date, like when the principal has become incapacitated. There are pro’s and con’s to each choice which will vary with individuals. Schedule an appointment to discuss whether this document would be appropriate for you and how it can be tailored for your specific needs.