If an individual has given an agent only power of attorney for finances, can the agent also legally make medical decisions for that same individual?

The individual in question does not have a durable power of attorney for healthcare.

Asked on August 8, 2015 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Power of attorney for financial matters is separate and apart from power of attorney to make medical decisions.  

A separate power of attorney authorizing the person to make medical decisions is required.  It would be advisable to have a durable power of attorney for healthcare.

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Power of attorney for financial matters is separate and apart from power of attorney to make medical decisions.  

A separate power of attorney authorizing the person to make medical decisions is required.  It would be advisable to have a durable power of attorney for healthcare.


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