Blog: March 2015

Health Care Proxy & Power of Attorney: the Roles & the Responsibilities

Health Care Proxy & Power of Attorney: the Roles & the Responsibilities By Gideon Schein{4:50 minutes to read} William is a man in his mid-seventies. Last summer, his family and Gideon Schein convinced William to have a Will, Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy prepared. William agreed and signed the documents. We thought everything was in good order.

It turned out that, suddenly, William got much sicker. He had some psychiatric problems and had to be admitted to a psychiatric facility. The person William had designated as his primary Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy, Mary, left on an extended vacation which had been planned long before. There were 2 people assigned as backup Power of Attorney, Lisa and Robert, but no one had really explained to them what being a Power of Attorney meant. The result was that both of them backed out, after Mary had left.

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