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General and Special Power of Attorney Documents - Important Differences

There are different types of Power of Attorney documents-- General and Special.  

general power of attorney gives broad authorizations to the agent. The agent may be able to make medical decisions, legal choices, or financial or business decisions. 

special power of attorney narrows what choices the agent can make. You can even make several different POAs, with different agents for each.

Either can be made durable. 'Durable' simply means that your Power of Attorney will be valid even in the event you become incapacitated or mentally incompetent. Since many of the choices most people make in a Power of Attorney document concern this exact circumstance, most people choose to make their Power of Attorney durable.

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