Financial & Health Care Powers of Attorney

A Power of Attorney permits an individual (called an agent or attorney-in-fact) to act on behalf of another person with financial or health care decisions.

 

For Active Duty Servicemembers, in particular, those who are deployed, the use of a financial power of attorney is quite common and beneficial. These documents would allow an agent to pay bills, access accounts and otherwise manage financial affairs. Oftentimes, they are written with a termination date that coincides with a return from deployment so that they would “end” without additional action.

 

A health care power of attorney names an agent to make medical decisions in the event of incapacity. Instructions could include desires for types of treatment under various circumstances. These documents can also include language under the HIPAA Privacy Rule that would allow an agent to access medical records.

 

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