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The difference between a power of attorney and an advance care directive

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2022 | Estate Planning |

When planning for the future, you will likely consider writing up a will. What is even more important is choosing a person to make decisions for you should you become incapacitated.

An advanced directive expresses what type of medical care you want if you become incapacitated or unable to speak. It protects you from unwanted medical treatment.

An advance care directive in Georgia

In Georgia, an advance directive for health care appoints the person of your choosing to make medical decisions on your behalf. This person is usually a friend or family member. You should make sure this person understands what you want.

This should also be someone willing to take responsibility for making these difficult decisions. For example, patients who are on mechanical ventilation for a long time have a diminished chance of surviving. You want someone who will act according to your wishes even if others in your family want a different approach.

A power of attorney

A power of attorney allows another person to make financial decisions on your behalf when you become incapacitated. It is a good idea to name your spouse in a power of attorney. If you are single, choose a child or one of your siblings.

While it can be useful to have a power of attorney, be very careful in choosing the right agent. Make sure it is someone you trust completely. Name a primary agent and then an alternative should your first choice be unable to serve because of disability or death.