What is a General Power of Attorney?

A General Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows another individual (the “agent”) to make legal decisions for the individual creating the power of attorney (the “principal”).

Why do I need a General Power of Attorney?

General Powers of Attorney are typically used when an individual knows that capacity issues are likely in the future.  For example, if a son/daughter is the primary caretaker of a parent that has mental capacity issues, it would be a good idea to create a General Power of Attorney for the parent so the son/daughter can make legal decisions in the future.

How long does a General Power of Attorney last?

Typically, through death.

Is there a difference between a Medical Power of Attorney and General Power of Attorney?

Yes.  Although General Power of Attorney applies to almost all legal decisions, medical decisions usually require a separate Medical Power of Attorney.