What is the difference between a Health Care Proxy and a Durable Power of Attorney?

A Health Care Proxy (HCP) is a document that designates a Health Care Agent, or surrogate, to make decisions in the event that you are unable to, whether for cognitive or physical reasons, temporarily or permanently. The HCP is activated by a physician, when he or she has determined that you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself. The HCP can be revoked by you verbally or in writing, at any time. A Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) is a legal document that delegates authority for financial transactions to a surrogate. The DPOA can be effective upon signing, or at a time as designated by you.

Why should I do a Health Care Proxy or Durable Power of Attorney now when I am healthy and relatively young?

Do you know when you are going to become ill or have an accident that will render you unable to care for yourself? No. That is why it is important that you have these documents completed now, in order to ensure that your needs can be met, to spare the expense of going to Probate Court, and to spare your family the stress of trying to guess what your wishes are.

How do I know if Attorney Hooker can help me or my family?

This is not an easy question to answer. Each family and situation is unique. Contact us and we can assess your individual circumstance. If we can’t help you, we’ll refer you to someone who can.

My parents are extremely private and have not shared any information with me, but I am concerned about both their physical and their financial status. What can I do?

This is a common dilemma for adult children. It involves clinical, legal, and financial issues that can be emotionally charged. We are experienced in helping families navigate this extremely delicate issue. Often it’s just a matter of getting the conversation started.