There may be a time when you need someone to make decisions for you, temporarily or long-term. A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone you trust the authority to make decisions for you.
There may come a time when you are unable to make decisions or express your wishes about how you would like to be cared for and what medical treatment you want. Advance decisions and advance statements ensure that your wishes are respected when you are no longer able to make or communicate your decisions.
It’s important to have an up-to-date will. If you don’t, the law will decide what happens to your money and property when you die, which may not be the same as what you would have chosen.