Powers of Attorney
In Pennsylvania, the law separates Powers of Attorney documents into two separate forms: (1) General Durable Powers of Attorney (i.e. "financial powers of attorney") and (2) Healthcare Powers of Attorney (including the Advanced Medical Directive). Everyone should have both documents.
Powers of Attorney Documents are $200 for one person, and $350 for a couple.
General Durable Powers of Attorney
Allows the person you trust to "step into your shoes" to do almost anything you could do for yourself, such as: writing checks for you, taking out loans for you, purchasing or selling your real estate, or just haggling with the cable provider on your behalf. Without a Power of Attorney, family members may have to pursue guardianship in the future.
Durable Healthcare Powers of Attorney
Allows the person you trust to make medical decisions for you if you cannot express your wishes in any way. You are in control of your medical care so long as you can communicate in any way.
Advanced Medical Directive
This document applies should you be unable to express your wishes for your medical care in certain end-of-life scenarios. This document goes hand-in-hand with the Durable Healthcare Powers of Attorney document.