Your legal Power of Attorney (POA) is an essential part of your end-of-life planning that you can complete at any time, though it makes sense to do it early. This form gives one or more people the authority to act on your behalf during a specific activity or in general.
- A POA can be granted for a temporary time frame or enacted permanently.
- It can take effect right away, or only if a certain event occurs − usually when you’ve been determined unable to act for yourself due to mental or physical disability.
- Rules and requirements vary from state to state.