POA OR LIVING WILL

1 Answers. Asked on May 12th, 2017 on Elder Law - Pennsylvania
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MY MOTHER IS VERY ILL. RIGHT NOW I AM TRYING TO WORK ARRANGEMENTS WITH CREDITORS TO CATCH UP ON HER BILLS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN PAID. I WAS TOLD THAT I WOULD NEED TO GET A POWER OF ATTORNEY OR LIVING WILL. WHAT OPTIONS DO I HAVE TO HELP WITH HER AFFAIRS BUT NOT TAKE THE FINANCIAL BURDEN ON WHEN SHE PASSES?
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Answered on May 12th, 2017 at 11:21 AM

You should have both.  the durable general power of attorney gives you authority to control her finances.  The healthcare power of attorney/livingwill allows you to assist with medical decisions.  You can find a form healthcare power here.  You should retain an attorney to assist with the other POA.  We can do that for you if you'd like.

I recommend that you seek out a local attorney for a more in depth discussion of the matter. I do not recommend that you take any action steps without such a consult. Act quickly because by waiting, you may lose certain rights and remedies available to you.

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