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Know All About Power of Attorney

A power of attorney (POA), or letter of authority in civil law systems, is an authorization to act for another person on a legal or business matter. The person who authorizes the other to do something could be the principal, granter, as well the donor (of the power). 

In some Common Law jurisdictions, the actual attorney in-fact may also be the legal professional. Here you can also know more about wills and power of attorneys.


A (POA), while it may be limited or specific to a particular type or act of law, it can also be standard. Whatever it specifies is what a judge will consider its scope. It can also be limited in time. 

A general power of attorney is referred to as an attorney general. A power of attorney is ineligible if the grantor dies or becomes "incapable," as the common law states. 

A Durable Power of Attorney may also be called a "Health Care Power of Attorney" in some jurisdictions. This is an advance directive that empowers the attorney,-in-fact (proxy), to make health-care decisions for the grantor. It can also include ending care and life support which keep a terminally or critically ill patient alive. 

However, it does not appoint anyone to make those decisions. New York State's Health Care Proxy Act requires that a separate record is prepared in order to appoint someone as your health care agent.