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Powers of attorney put powers in the right hands

Death is never a good topic, but planning for it can do our families and friends a lot of favors. The right last will and testament can make it much easier for your successors to make sense of your intentions and execute your wishes after you are gone or if you cannot communicate them.

One part of this puzzle may also involve the consideration of powers of attorney. A person given durable power of attorney can serve many important needs for people as they age. This can help manage future health problems and possible disagreements of family members.

A durable power of attorney for health care has many important duties. This person can make decisions about someone's health care in the event that he or she cannot do so. Health care representatives are often appointed by an "advance health care directive," the legal framework for living wills relating to medical care.

Living wills can be revoked in writing or by creating a later agreement that supersedes it. Doctors and other medical professionals can occasionally take the powers of attorney, but only if the decision is in line with good medical judgment and the known wishes of the patient.

Any adult in Connecticut can write a living will. The only legal requirement is that the intentions are in writing and witnessed by two other adults. Since these appointments have serious legal consequences, it is advisable to consult a lawyer when it is time to write a living will or give some durable power of attorney.

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