Three Criteria For Selecting a Power of Attorney

POST DATE: 9.21.20
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Choosing a health care power of attorney is one of the most important health care decisions one can make. Someone you designate to make health and medical decisions on your behalf if and when you are unable to, designating a power of attorney can bring peace of mind, especially to those after a diagnosis or in front of a major surgery. A power of attorney can also be referred to as a health care proxy, patient advocate or health care representative, and knowing their role in your health care is of utmost importance. The attorneys at CCHA are equipped and prepared to help you navigate this and other important estate planning matters, and work alongside you to understand your needs and how best to address them.

CCHA Three Criteria For Selecting a Power of Attorney

Selecting a Power of Attorney

Though most usually select a family member or close friend, CCHA advises you to select whomever can represent your wishes the best. You’ll want to select someone who, even if you disagree with, will carry out your wishes while still providing you expertise and as much information as possible.

Other information to consider includes:

  • Proximity: how close are they to you, your preferred hospital or care center? It’s important to remember they need to have quick access to both you and the health care location in the event of an emergency. Choosing an out of state power of attorney should be carefully considered.
  • Assertiveness: when selecting a power of attorney, consider their communication style in comparison to yours. Are they assertive? Will they stand up to others and hold your wishes at highest regard? Consider selecting a power of attorney that will overcome hurdles as they occur, and work to accomplish the goals you identify for them.
  • A level of medical knowledge: while your power of attorney certainly shouldn’t be expected to know the ins and outs of the medical field, they should have a solid understanding of medical processes as related to your wishes. They should know what tests, procedures, and prognoses impact or influence your wishes. They should also not be afraid to challenge treatment options that go against your wishes. Finding someone who will commit to researching and understanding your medical hurdles would bring additional value to a power of attorney selection.

As you consider, begin or revisit your estate planning needs, consider partnering with CCHA. No matter your specific needs, our attorneys will help you develop and cater an estate plan to meet your unique needs, wishes and family circumstances.