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How to choose whom to appoint for power of attorney?

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Whom to trust with power of attorney

There are many things in life that can go wrong, and you want to know that you are protected. Many choose someone to have power of attorney in the event that someone goes wrong. They do this when they have children to think about, or if they have an extensive estate that they know will need care. Though I think this is a great idea, it does scare me in a way. There is always a bit of trepidation that comes to knowing who you can trust and who you can’t. If you have a spouse the choice might be easy, but if you don’t, you have to choose someone else. Can you imagine someone controlling your life if you are incapacitated?

People often makes bad choices

Though most people think long and hard about who they might appoint for power of attorney, it is still possible to make a bad choice. I believe that you can never really know someone until they are given power over you. How they treat you and what they do will tell you who they really are. It would seem that many people make bad choices in trusting who they choose, but there are many good reasons for that. People hide themselves rather well.

Mean people

There are some who are just plain mean, and they don’t even know it themselves. If you think of all the times you hear the words ‘power of attorney’ you probably know that it is rarely a good news story. Someone has abused their power. It often happens when someone in in a coma or unable to speak for themselves for some other reason. The power of attorney is meant to protect them, but it turns out that they choose the wrong person. If they were to awaken, they find their life has been turned up side down.

Think long and hard

If you have assets and children that you need to protect, you really should choose someone to give power of attorney in the event that something happens. You have to choose wisely, and you have to put some limits on that power. If you don’t appoint someone, you don’t know what could happen if you aren’t able to care for yourself and your finances. You and your family could suffer. Though there are many you probably could trust, think about it long and hard before you choose someone. Just don’t wait to long, as you never know what will happen tomorrow.
Published: 2007-10-02
Author: Isabelle Chartrand

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