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A power of attorney is a legal document in which you appoint another person to help manage your property or to make medical decisions in your stead.
The document can be implemented immediately, or upon your incapacitation. Without a power of attorney, Louisiana law provides a “default” method that allows certain parties to make medical decisions only in case of a medical emergency. It does not, however, provide such a default method for property/finance management in non-emergency medical situations. A third party will be unable to assist you in property/financial matters or non-emergency medical matters if you do not have a power of attorney.
- Health care directives in which you give written medical instructions about how you want your medical care handled and
- A living will in which you give written instructions to be executed upon your death.