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ADVANCE HEALTHCARE DIRECTIVE: A healthcare power of attorney allows your trusted friend or family member to make medical treatment decisions for you if you are unable to communicate your wishes to doctors. Without one, you must have a guardian or 'conservator' of your person appointed by the court before decisions can be made on your behalf. 

We have counseled thousands of families in crisis.  When a health crisis arises, you can choose who will make decisions and what the decisions will be.  If you do not make this important document, imagine the hardship on your loved ones of having to go to court, waiting for a judge to appoint the person to make these decisions for you.  Even if the "right" person is appointed by the judge, the trauma of going to court when a parent or loved one is in the hospital increases the emotional toll on your family. We have seen firsthand the toll taken when children have to go to court while their parent lies ill in the hospital.

A healthcare power of attorney not only saves precious decision making time, but it also makes sure that the individual you trust the most has the power to make these most important decisions for you if you are unable to make the decisions on your own.

DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY - PROPERTY MANAGEMENT:  Who will make decisions for you if you are unable to make them for yourself?  Who will have the power to sign documents on your behalf, or make sure your bills get paid?  Without a durable power of attorney, someone who is mentally incapacitated must be taken to guardianship or conservatorship court to have a decision maker named for them by a judge. A carefully written durable power of attorney will allow you to name someone you trust to make decisions for you if you become disabled to the point of no longer being able to make those decisions yourself.