AARP Article: Powers of Attorney: Crucial Documents for Caregiving

Get these important legal papers in place before you need them

by Amanda Singleton

What is power of attorney? Everyone 18 and older should have this document in place.

What comes to mind when you hear the words “power of attorney”?

An important legal document? A license to steal? The key to successful caregiving? All of the above?

If you thought “all of the above,” you’re on the right track. The power of attorney is a powerful legal document.

It can give tremendous authority to another person, including the right to access your bank accounts and to make decisions for you. And, in times of crisis or declining health, a power of attorney is the essential tool in your caregiver’s toolkit.

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