Responsibilities Granted through Health Care Power of Attorney


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Carolyn M. Young Fiduciary Services

Based in Northern California, Carolyn M. Young Fiduciary Services offers a full range of client-centered solutions that include special needs trusts and living wills. Led by Carolyn M. Young, the Sacramento-based firm also coordinates medical and financial power of attorney.

A recent AARP article presented a scenario in which an elderly parent has failing kidneys and requires assistance from an adult son in organizing financial and medical documents, as part of the end-of-life process.

In such a situation moving quickly is essential, as the mother must willingly and knowingly delegate powers of attorney while her faculties are intact. Also known as the health care advance directive, the power of attorney provides details of the treatment desired when emergency care situations arise.

The health care power of attorney will also identify those agents who are allowed to make decisions on behalf of the mother. This often includes children and close relatives, as well as outside parties who provided fiduciary services. With this document signed, the agent is afforded the same level of medical information access as the patient has under the federal Privacy Act.

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