A Power of Attorney is a legal document that is a simple, inexpensive and reliable way to arrange for someone trusted to manage your affairs if you become incapacitated and unable to make decisions for yourself. The grant of a power of attorney is very useful as it allows one person permission to act on the behalf of another. Power of Attorney can be granted to manage property, finances, health care, living will, anatomical gifts, child custody and care.
Springing Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) is established for the specific purpose of allowing you to name an individual to act for you when you become incapacitated. The DPOA gives the power to the individual whom you have specified to act for you only when you become incompetent. The DPOA has no authority while you are competent.
The DPOA is different in each state. As you move, your DPOA is one of the documents that you should have reviewed to make sure it complies with that particular state’s legal requirements.