What Happens If I Get Sick with COVID-19?
Health Pandemics Make Powers of Attorney More Important than Ever
A Power of Attorney document is used to state who should be your substitute decision maker (your "Agent") if you are unable to make your own decisions, while you are still alive. This document also states the scope and limits of the discretion your Agent will have in making any decisions for you.
As an example, imagine that your son or daughter were your Agent under a Power of Attorney document that gave him or her authority over your financial matters. Now imagine that you are incapacitated due to COVID-19. Acting as your Power of Attorney Agent, your son or daughter that you named as your Agent in your documents could manage your ongoing financial affairs. This way, someone you trust will be in charge of your assets and direct their use for your care or benefit while you are incapacitated, without the intervention of a Court.
Under the best of circumstances Americans should have proper Power of Attorney documentation in place. However, the Coronavirus pandemic is an alarming reminder that putting legal affairs in order should be a priority.
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