Most Massachusetts residents focus on what will happen after their deaths when creating estate plans. However, it is just as important, if not more so in some cases, to plan for what will happen in the event that they are not able to care for themselves at some point. This is where powers of attorney become essential.
No one can predict whether he or she will be involved in a serious accident or contract a debilitating illness. During those times, it might not be possible for you to make decisions regarding your health care or your finances. A health care power of attorney allows someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf regarding the medical care you receive. This document is most effective when coupled with a health care proxy that outlines your wishes, which can then be enforced by your medical agent.