A power of attorney is a written authorization to represent or act on another’s behalf in certain affairs, typically of a medical or financial nature. A power of attorney is the document which gives an agent or attorney-in-fact the authority to act on a principal’s behalf. A power of attorney can be drafted in a way so that the agent does not have any authority to act until such time the principal is incapacitated and unable to act for himself. This is known as a durable power of attorney. Typically in Illinois and Wisconsin this comes in two forms: a) the durable power of attorney for healthcare, granting authority to make decisions regarding medical treatment, and b) the durable power of attorney for finances and property, granting the agent the authority to act in financial and other transactions.
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