If you have children or dependents that rely on you for personal or financial care then you need to file a Power of Attorney. If you were to become seriously injured or ill then your Power of Attorney will carry out your wishes even though you may not be able to communicate those wishes yourself. A Power of Attorney will save your loved ones from trying to make critical medical decisions, or try to maintain your estate themselves for you.New Jersey, like anywhere else in the U.S., recognizes a Power of Attorney as a legal document that will allow you to appoint some one to carry out your wishes in a certain event or situation. A Power of Attorney is much like a Living Will, except a living will can’t appoint some one to make decisions for you; only the decisions on your living will can be carried out. If you have a wife or husband you could designate him/her as your Power of Attorney, or if youre a grandma or grandpa you may designate your son, it’s completely up to you. When you’ve designated a decision-maker in your New Jersey Power of Attorney, that person can make medical decisions for you. He/she may be called upon to make critical decisions such as questions about life support, ventilators, feeding tubes, and other treatments and diagnostic procedures. Most people choose someone who they can trust to make like-minded, right decisions.In a New Jersey power of attorney you can also designate someone to handle your finances if youre ever unable to manage them on your own. You don’t have to be seriously injured to have your designated person start doing things for you such as business transactions, paying your bills for you, and other financial work you want someone to do in your name. Sometimes someone with Alzheimer will designate one of their children to help pay their bills on time in case they forget themselves to do so.A Power of Attorney is made to help prepare you and your family in case of an emergency. Do yourself a favor and look into filing one for yourself.
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