Q: What's the difference between setting up a health care directive to carry out my medical wishes if I become unable to
make my own health care decisions and a power of attorney?
A: In an advance directive for health, the principal (i.e., the person who executes the document) may appoint an agent to make health care decisions. If he appoints an agent, then the advance directive is a medical power of attorney. Another type of power of attorney is a financial power of attorney whereby the principal appoints an agent and grants the agent various powers to conduct financial transactions. In Georgia, it is common for a person to have both an advance directive for health care and a financial power of attorney as part of his or her estate planning. This response is intended to provide general information only and does not create an attorney client relationship. You should consult with an estate planning attorney if you have questions.
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