As a critical document in your estate plan, a Power of Attorney for Health Care (aka Advance Directive for Healthcare) gives you the opportunity to choose who you would like to give legal authority to make medical decisions on your behalf if there was ever a time when you could not make your own decisions.
There are many complexities in deciding who will have the authority to act on your behalf. Family dynamics are sure to impact your choice. Many people want to be “fair.” They believe they should divide up all of the responsibilities evenly or have all of their children act together as a team to make decisions. Most children do not want this responsibility, so they are secretly happy when they are not chosen. When there are multiple children, asking them to all agree and work cohesively together under the emotional trauma of you becoming incapacitated is problematic. None of us wants to believe that our children will fight, but the reality is that in these situations, most children disagree.
I like to have one decision maker at a time because if you have two or more people working together, it typically takes longer to make a decision. Plus, if the people cannot agree and decide on a way to come to an agreement, no decision will be made until a petition is filed in court and the court makes the decision. This is very expensive and typically takes several months before a decision can be made.
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