Power of Attorney (POA)
Anyone—at any age—should consider setting up an estate plan, including a Power of Attorney (POA). A POA is a legal document that grants someone you trust the legal authority to make critical health care and financial decisions for you when you’re not able to do so.
The person you name is called a POA agent. You can name more than one person as your POA agent. Typically, health care and financial POAs are separate documents—and there are different kinds of POAs (for example, “durable” versus “limited”).
An attorney can draft a POA specific to your needs. The laws governing POAs vary by state, so it’s a good idea to hire an attorney licensed in your state.
Download the Power of Attorney guide for important information and for a PG&E checklist of things your POA agent will need to know and do.