A power of attorney is a necessary document to enable another individual to act on your behalf. Imagine you are in a position where you need someone to make healthcare decisions, access medical records, speak with doctors, authorize medication, or in the financial department, write checks on your behalf, sign documents and contracts, file taxes, access your bank accounts, or simply retrieve your mail. A power of attorney for healthcare and/or financial purposes allows an appointed individual to step into your shoes and can be tailored to virtually any situation, including but not limited to those listed herein. This document can be durable in nature or active upon your incapacity, and may also be limited to a period of time or for a specific purpose. Please discuss all options with Tull & Marshall, An Association of Attorneys' Senior Associate Megan E. Tull to make the decision appropriate for your needs.