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Five Important Estate Planning Documents: Medical Power of Attorney

by Norris Law Group on October 30, 2014

Five Important Estate Planning Documents: Medical Power of AttorneyIn previous our previous installment, we discussed the importance of designating someone as your financial power of attorney. A primary reason why it is important to have a financial power of attorney is to avoid any problems accessing your finances in the event of that you become incapacitated due to illness or injury. In such a situation, you may also need a designated medical power of attorney, as also recommended in an article on CNBC.com.

Your medical power of attorney can make decisions over your medical care, much like a financial power of attorney can make decisions over your finances—but only if you are unable to make these decisions for yourself. Your medical power of attorney is able to access all your medical records, speak with medical professionals on your behalf, and even admit you to a hospital, long-term care facility, or hospice.

When a family member becomes ill or hurt and unable to make his or her decisions, emotions often run high, and the situation can become volatile. You may be able to avoid this completely by designating a medical power of attorney and making your wishes clear to your loved ones.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County, UT and throughout Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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