What is POWER of Attorney?

Bri - posted on 05/14/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )




Can any one tell me about power of attorney. If you have a husband that works (day of dawn till night time) can his wife have power of attorney to make educated decisions for SK's in the home??

I m getting married this August, BM comes and goes in and out of my SKs life, wasn't sure if I can get POA once married?


Stifler's - posted on 05/15/2011




I agree with Holly, it's probably more legal guardianship you're wanting.

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A power of attorney is a document that allows you to appoint a person or organization to handle your affairs while you're unavailable or unable to do so. The person or organization you appoint is referred to as an "Attorney-in-Fact" or "Agent."

General Power of Attorney - authorizes your Agent to act on your behalf in a variety of different situations.

Special Power of Attorney - authorizes your Agent to act on your behalf in specific situations only.

Health Care Power of Attorney - allows you to appoint someone to make health care decisions for you if you're incapacitated.

"Durable" Power of Attorney -The general, special and health care powers of attorney can all be made "durable" by adding certain text to the document. This means that the document will remain in effect or take effect if you become mentally incompetent.

Revocation of Power of Attorney - allows you to revoke a power of attorney document.

And there are more in depth definitions of all the above on the rest of the page here: http://www.lectlaw.com/filesh/qfl04.htm

Basically, from what I understand PoA allows someone to make legal decisions for another person who is unable to make those decisions on their own. I don't know if it would apply to your SK though. Instead of PoA, my hubby had me granted with "guardianship" of my SD (we had to go to court over it and both my hubby and BM had to agree to it in front of the judge - that was a "fun" argument...). That means I can sign school and doctor's forms for my SD and I can make TRUE emergency decisions (that require split second decisions). Other than that though, it's not a lot. If it's not a "true emergency" then I have to consult my hubby and he has to sign for it (i.e. if our daughter's appendix burst and I had to take her to the hospital for surgery I could sign the consent form, but if she needed a routine tonsilectomy then my hubby would have to sign the forms - does that make sense?).

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