A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that gives someone the legal power to act on someone else’s behalf. The person who’s been granted the authority is called the agent. The person who signs a POA, making someone else their agent, is called the principal. A POA can only be authorized by someone who’s found to be mentally competent, which is why it’s so important for individuals diagnosed with dementia to create a POA before the condition progresses.
As people age, they become more vulnerable with specific legal matters that are much different than the younger population, such as long-term health care, living arrangements, and unique financial needs. Seniors and their family caregivers can find themselves in overwhelming and sticky situations without adequate legal planning. But who can help? Luckily, attorneys are available that practice elder law.