-by Christopher Lebherz
A “power of attorney” is a legal document that allows you to appoint a person to manage your affairs when you cannot do so yourself. A “general power of attorney” is used to give broad powers to a person or organization to act in your behalf in matters such as dealing with business and financial concerns. It can be useful when you will be out of the country and need certain matters handled. By signing a “special power of attorney,” you can delineate exactly what powers your agent can perform, such as sell property. A “health care power of attorney” gives your agent authority to make medical decisions if you are unable to communicate your choices about your health care.