Lincoln & Wenk, PLLC
View Blog Navigation

Setting up general or health care powers of attorney

When it comes to powers of attorney, the two basic types you'll consider are general -- often referred to as financial -- and health care. As the names imply, they do very different things, but both are centered around giving other people the power to make crucial decisions for you.

With a general power of attorney, property-related questions are addressed. If you're not able to take care of paying your own taxes, for example, another person can do it for you. Remember, just because your health has deteriorated doesn't mean the bills stop. You could have house payments, utilities payments, assisted living center charges, car payments, property taxes and much more. These all need to be taken care of on time, and the power of attorney helps ensure that they are.

A health care power of attorney focuses on medical and health-related decisions. What type of care do you want to get? Are there any types of care you'd rather avoid? If you communicate your wishes to someone else, you can give him or her the power to make choices as needed so that your wishes are followed.

In many ways, powers of attorney really become necessary when dealing with mental deterioration over time, perhaps due to dementia or other such ailments. You want to be prepared for a situation where you can't make your own decisions with your own best interests in mind. Since you're an adult, other adults can be barred from making decisions for you -- even when they are clearly just trying to help -- without being given legal permission first.

If you'd like to find out more about how these powers of attorney work, our website has a lot of helpful information.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015 ARAG | Elite Service Provider
  • AV | Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards & Legal Ability | Preeminent | Martindale-Hubbell from LexisNexis
  • American Association for Justice | Formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
  • Arizona Association of Family Law Attorneys - AZAFLA
  • Lincoln & Wenk, PLLC BBB Business Review
  • Association of Top 100 2019 | American Trial Lawyers
  • American Academy Of Trial Attorneys | AATA | Premier 100 | 2015
  • Family Law | Top 10 | Attorney And Practice Magazine's | 2018 | Attorney
  • Top Valley Lawyers 2017 | North Valley Magazine
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys | 10 Best 2017-2018
  • Veteran Owned Business - A Registered Vetrepreneur on Buyveteran.com - 2014
  • Avvo Top Attorney
  • Avvo Client's Choice
Email Us For A Response

Need legal help from an attorney?
Contact us now to schedule a consultation with our lawyers

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Goodyear Office:
1616 North Litchfield Road
Suite 140
Goodyear, AZ 85395

Phone: 623-748-4890
Fax: 623-536-1984
Goodyear Law Office Map

Peoria Office:
14050 N. 83rd Avenue
Suite 290
Peoria, AZ 85381

Phone: 623-748-4890
Fax: 623-536-1984
Map & Directions

Phoenix - Desert Ridge Office:
20830 N. Tatum Blvd
Suite 210
Phoenix, AZ 85050

Phone: 623-748-4890
Fax: 623-536-1984
Phoenix Law Office Map