Power of Attorney

Power of attorney is a legal document allowing another person to act in your place should you be unable to do so. This document allow your designated “agent” to pay your bills, take over finances, sign you in and out of a hospital, deal with your insurance company, and engage in Medicare, if needed.

There are four basic types of power of attorney

Basic power of attorney types

  • General power of attorney — appointing an agent to act on your behalf for various situations.
  • Special power of attorney — appointing an agent to act on you behalf for specific situations only.
  • Healthcare power of attorney — appointing an agent to make healthcare decisions for you if you become incapacitated.
  • Durable power of attorney  — appointing an agent to act on your behalf should you become mentally incapacitated, specifically to handle health, legal and financial responsibilities.

Signing the Document

A power of attorney document must be signed while in good mental health. The document must also be notarized. It’s best if the person signing the document has a full understanding of each of the options and has taken time to make the decision of choosing the agent.

Steve Ortega and his office can establish your documents quickly, while explaining the benefits and 3intricacies of each option. We’ll meet with you to determine which option is best for your unique situation.