Choose Your Agent for Your Power of Attorney Carefully

The decision on who your agent should be can sometimes be difficult. However, you should carefully consider who you want your agent for your power of attorney to be. The reason you should carefully consider this decision is that whoever you do appoint an agent, will have the opportunity to access and manage your assets at a time when you may not be able to supervise them. They will also be making important medical and care issues regarding your person.

First and foremost, you should consider only persons that you find trustworthy. If a person cannot meet this minimal requirement, you should not consider them as candidates.

Once this minimal requirement is met, you should consider other factors such as where that potential agent lives, their education, their experience, and how close they are to you personally. If you are still having trouble deciding, you should consult family, friends, or an attorney, to help advise you on your decision.

If you have any questions about powers of attorney, you should consult an experienced estate planning attorney.