Scope of a Medical Power of Attorney?

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Family members are often given power of attorney in the case of a debilitating illness or other disability. This page has information about the scope of a medical power of attorney.
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March 15, 2017

My grandmother has POA over my sister. She is withholding medical information from us and going as far as not letting us see her. As her POA can she keep me from seeing my sister?

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March 15, 20170 found this helpful
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It depends on how the agreement was drawn up. Your sister may have specified that she wanted to keep the medical information only available to your grandmother. If she is too sick to have visitors, your grandmother may have the right to limit them as well.

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August 20, 2019

Can I give my sister a durable power of attorney to act on my behalf to ensure my safety in physical, emotional, and mental situations?

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August 20, 20190 found this helpful

You may choose anyone you wish to make decisions on your behalf when you are unable to.

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August 20, 20190 found this helpful

Yes. You can select anyone who you trust to be your POA.

I strongly recommend sitting down with the person and your lawyer to draw up an agreement that everyone understands and agrees to. If your state is like mine, the document will need to be signed by all parties to be valid.

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POA paperwork will be required by banks, utilities etc. when the person is acting on your behalf so a verbal agreement is essentially useless. These institutes need written, signed, and dated documents (and every state is different as to exactly what this all entails so be sure if you are in different states that you follow your state's requirements). While this can be done without a lawyer, I personally would not, and would find a trustworthy lawyer to set everything up.

This is critical stuff so do it right the first time! This is one time where saving money and going DIY is foolish

Also depending on where you are there are a variety of types of POA...like the durable, general, medical, and something called springing (which I personally would avoid, but that is just me).

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Be sure to work with the lawyer to set up everything you need for the process to work as YOU intend it to.

Blessings!

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August 20, 20190 found this helpful

Pghgirl makes very good points; this is a very serious undertaking and can cause a lot of misunderstandings, as well as serious consequences.
Please - make an appointment with an attorney and have your sister present so when you explain what you want her to handle, the attorney can guide you and her so she does not have more authority than you wish anyone to have.

A POA can always be changed or revoked but problems can arise if you do not have the original POA returned to you.

POA rights/document ceases on a person's death so do not think giving your sister a POA will take care of after death problems.

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A POA is not anything like a will as a POA is only a piece of paper when the person dies.

Be sure to talk with the attorney about this ((unless you already have will).

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August 21, 20190 found this helpful

You can give any person in the world that you feel is there to protect you and look out for your best interest POA. The only thing that needs to be done is a lawyer should set up this agreement and the person you choose needs to be there to sign it and understand what they need to do for you. They need to understand the scope of their duties and be able to fulfill them when you take sick.

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