Many people have taken the step of drafting wills and setting up trusts to safeguard their wishes and provide for their loved ones after they have died. However, many may have overlooked the importance of designating an individual to serve as their health care power of attorney. There may be residents in Maryland who can benefit from learning more about the purpose of this decision.
Estate planning is not only about preparing for one's death. It is also about preparing for when a person becomes seriously ill or injured but is still alive in Maryland or in any other state. In this condition, a person may be incapacitated, which means he or she is not able to make decisions for himself or herself. This is where a power of attorney document comes in handy. There are two types of power of attorney documents -- a durable power of attorney and a health care power of attorney.