Durable Power of Attorney


A legal document that enables an individual to designate another person, called the attorney-in-fact, to act on his/her behalf, even in the event the individual becomes disabled or incapacitated. An "advance directive" (sometimes called a "healthcare directive") combines a living will and durable power of attorney, either in one document or two separate ones.

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As part of his retirement planning, the man signed a durable power of attorney giving his estate lawyer the ability to act on his behalf in the event he became sick or ill.

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