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Why do I need a medical power of attorney?

 
A Durable Medical Power of Attorney (POA) is an essential part of any serious, comprehensive estate plan. It provides a framework to allow someone else (called the Patient Advocate) to guide and manage your medical care if you are unable to participate in making those decisions.
The best medical POAs also provide guidance to your Patient Advocate as to the level of medical care you wish to receive in the form of an Advance Medical Directive (sometimes referred to as a "living will"). Providing an advance medical directive can help your Patient Advocate know what you want, making decisions a little easier at a time when they're already difficult enough.