Power of attorney gives another individual the right to act in your behalf in a number of areas. There are many types of power of attorney. Some power of attorney forms are very specific in their scope. It may involve a single transaction such as selling a home. Other powers of attorney are more general in their scope and allow for everyday banking transactions, filing tax returns and entering into contracts. The state of Oregon requires additional advance directive forms be completed to provide healthcare options in the case where you are incapable of making medical decisions for yourself.
Discuss with your appointed representative what the power of attorney should allow him to do in your place. This will help determine what clauses need to be entered into the power of attorney agreement. This information will also help the appointed representative know your expectations of him.
Contact a trusted attorney to help craft the power of attorney agreement. Power of attorney agreement forms may be purchased online; however, they are general in their scope and may contain additional clauses that may be unsuitable. The attorney will be able to craft a power of attorney agreement that will define the terms all parties should adhere to during the duration of the agreement.
Complete the advance directive form if the personal representative will be making medical decisions in the case you become unable to make them for yourself. This form spells out your decisions regarding tube feeding and life support should those become necessary.
Notarize all forms and record the power of attorney with the county in which you currently reside.