POWER OF ATTORNEY –
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WHAT IS A POWER OF ATTORNEY?
A power of attorney is a legal
document by which one person, called the
principal, gives another person, called his
attorney-in-fact or agent, the power to perform
specified acts on the principal's behalf.
WHAT DOES "DURABLE" MEAN?
A durable power of attorney is
intended to continue in force even if the
individual later becomes legally "incapable". It
remains effective until the individual dies or a
court appoints a conservator.
WHY SHOULD I HAVE A POWER OF
If you were to become unable to
handle your own affairs, a power of attorney
gives your agent the power to manage your
financial affairs for you as you would prefer.
If you became disabled, you might not be able to
execute a power of attorney at that time. Under
those circumstances, your spouse or your family
might have to go to the probate court and seek
appointment as a conservator, with the power to
manage your financial affairs.
WHY SHOULD I HAVE A DURABLE
POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH CARE DECISIONS?
A durable power of attorney for
health care creates a "health care agent"
(sometimes called an attorney-in-fact for health
care, health care proxy, or surrogate) to make
health care decisions for you. If you become ill
or injured and unable to communicate your own
wishes for care, either orally, in writing, or
through gestures, your agent will make sure that
doctors and other health care providers give you
the type of care you wish to receive.
For more information on
Connecticut Law About Power of Attorney's, see
the Connecticut Judicial Law Library website, http://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/law/powersofattorney.htm
For more information on living
wills and durable power of attorney for health
care, see the eLibrary paper "Advance
More detailed information on
powers of attorney can be found at Powers of
on the CTElderLaw website, http://www.ctelderlaw.org/.
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN
CONNECTICUT'S COMMUNITY RESOURCES DATABASE:
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SOURCES: Connecticut General
Assembly Office of Legislative Research Report
The Connecticut Network for Legal Aid: Frequently
Asked Questions About Powers of Attorney http://ctlawhelp.org/self-help-guides/elder-law/FAQ-about-powers-of-attorney
PREPARED BY: 211/rj
CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: July2013