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If a person becomes incapacitated, power of attorney is important

Some Delaware residents may consider themselves control freaks and not think of that characteristic as a bad one. However, there will likely be times in a person's life when he or she cannot control every aspect of a situation. In particular, if an individual becomes incapacitated and loses the ability to make decisions, someone else will need to take control.

Fortunately, this type of scenario does not have to be entirely frightening. Individuals who enjoy having control can plan ahead to ensure that if someone else must make decisions on their behalves, then an appropriate party will be appointed. Typically, a person can utilize a power of attorney document in order to make that appointment. It is important to choose the right version of this document.

One type of power of attorney document is a springing power of attorney. This document only goes into effect after incapacitation take place. A limited power of attorney only allows an agent to take over under specific circumstances. A general and durable power of attorney provides more coverage, and the agent can act whenever necessary, including after incapacitation.

If a person becomes incapacitated, he or she likely does not want important decisions left up to just anyone. Fortunately, planning ahead can lessen the chances of an undesired person taking over. Individuals interested in gaining more information on power of attorney documents may wish to speak with Delaware elder law attorneys. These professionals can provide insight and advice regarding the different types of documents and which may suit a specific situation.

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