Power of attorney is a document that gives a person the legal authority to act on your behalf. Although you may be married, you cannot assume that your spouse will have the right to make decisions about your medical care or financial affairs. Without establishing a California power of attorney, other people will make decisions for you and this is a risk you should not take.
Whether you are a single parent or a married spouse, it is important to appoint someone you trust to make important decisions for you. Problems arise with aging issues for the elderly such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and stroke. Anyone can have an auto accident that creates physical disabilities. Setting up a power of attorney can have tremendous benefits in such cases.