There are several reasons why a person may need to have powers of attorney in place. For some people, delegating the ability and responsibility to work on their behalf in a single transaction may necessitate drafting a limited power of attorney for that transaction alone. For others, drafting a power of attorney granting another person broad powers to make financial decisions on their behalf is needed.
Talking with loved ones about your end-of-life wishes is perhaps one of the most uncomfortable conversations a person could have. However, the tragic story of a 13-year-old girl recently being declared brain dead has captured national attention and has caused many Colorado residents to consider how they would like to be cared for if they ever ended up in a similar situation. The California girl was declared brain dead in December 2013 after suffering complications from a tonsillectomy. The family has since been fighting to keep the girl alive using a ventilator. Unfortunately, nobody knows if this is what the girl would have actually wanted.