Wonka's Golden Ticket - A POA

Recently, two friends of mine found themselves stalled, or derailed, while trying to take care of an important matter for their loved one.

One involves a medical matter, the other, a banking issue.  Neither has a document in place known as a Power of Attorney (POA) which gives them the power to make decisions for their loved one if the loved one is incapable of doing so for himself or herself. One needed a POA for the general matter, the other needed a POA, for the medical matter.

I learned early on that 97% of the time, I needed a POA to take care of matters on behalf of Mom.  I obtained the needed documents (POA’s), by going to my parent’s estate attorney where he drafted the necessary documents for me.  This was done 7 years ago, and they remain a valid need to this day.  They sit on my desk, at the ready, to fax, scan or mail at a moment’s notice.

If you need advice on where to obtain the necessary Power(s) of Attorney for your situation, I would suggest calling a general attorney for assistance.   They should be able to refer you to one qualified in such matters. Or you could ask your local support group, or Google “How to obtain a POA.”  POA’s are relatively easy to obtain and absolutely mandatory in our line of work.