Power of Attorney Definition
People often call us wanting a “simple will.” It’s on their “to-do” list. They poked around on the internet, armed themselves with information, and then called us or some other estate planning attorney demanding their simple will. That’s perfectly okay and they could be right. Often, though, they are confused about what that simple will actually is, and how other documents, like a power of attorney can be of much greater value.
This may not be what every estate planning attorney considers a simple will, but, for us, it is actually a package of documents. The main documents that make up a simple will package is a Will, Financial Power of Attorney; a Healthcare Power of Attorney; HIPAA Releases; and the Living Will (also known as Healthcare Directives). We include all of these documents to ensure your health AND your “stuff” are addressed in case of an emergency. For this post, we will only be focusing on defining the Power of Attorney documents.