Wills and Trusts allow you to dictate how and to whom your property will be distributed after you die. But in the next five years, you are more likely to be incapacitated than die. That is where powers of attorney come into play. Powers of attorney allow you to appoint trusted individuals to make medical decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself, and to handle your financial affairs when you need help.

Medical Powers of Attorney and Directives

Medical powers of attorney and directives allow you to appoint someone to carry out your health care wishes when you are incapacitated and are unable to make decisions for yourself. Articles in this section discuss the importance of having these documents in place.