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Gardner Powers Of Attorney

People often think of estate planning in terms of what will happen after they die. At Stockton & Stern, we believe that a strong estate plan should also address many lifetime and end-of-life issues. For example, if you become severely ill, injured or incapacitated in any way, your estate plan should provide clear direction for your loved ones. One of the ways that this is accomplished is by creating a durable power of attorney for health care decisions.

What Does A Power Of Attorney Do?

A medical power of attorney is an estate planning document that gives someone you trust, referred to as your agent or your attorney-in-fact, the right to make medical decisions on your behalf when you cannot. Power of attorney will give your agent the ability to consent to certain medical care, refuse certain medical care and more. In your medical power of attorney document, you can outline specific instructions for your agent. In addition, you can create a financial power of attorney to address all money-related matters.

Powers Of Attorney Versus Living Wills

Medical powers of attorney are often confused with living wills. While they both address the issues that arise in the event of an incapacitating illness or injury, there are important distinctions. First and foremost, a living will only covers situations in which the condition is deemed terminal by two doctors. It can include a do-not resuscitate order and other written directions. A living will cannot cover nonterminal conditions such as a coma, dementia or Alzheimer's. A medical power of attorney provides direction in all situations in which you are unable to make decisions.

Many estate plans include both a living will and a medical power of attorney. Our lawyers will help you understand your options to build an estate plan that is right for you.

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We create powers of attorney for clients in Leawood, Gardner and throughout Kansas and Missouri. Learn more by calling 913-856-2828 or sending an email.