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How can you help a loved one create powers of attorney?

There are many types of powers of attorney. For example, power of attorney for health care and power of attorney for finances are very common.

Helping a loved one create the appropriate powers of attorney is not always simple. While some people are receptive to this idea, others don't think it is necessary for one reason or another.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help a loved one establish the necessary powers of attorney. Here are some ideas to consider:

-- Don't force the issue, but do your best to explain the benefits. You don't want to come across as pushy, as this can make it look like you have an ulterior motive.

-- Understand the seriousness of the conversation. Remember, not everybody has the same feelings about death or becoming incapacitated. You must understand what you are saying, as you don't want to upset the other party to the point of him or her shutting down the conversation.

-- Explain the benefits. The person needs to realize that powers of attorney empower him or her by guaranteeing his or her wishes are carried out in the future.

If you want to help a loved one create powers of attorney, don't hesitate to bring this topic to the forefront. You don't have to be bothersome. You don't have to be pushy. Instead, you should simply do your best to explain the benefits and that you are available to help.

It is not always easy to think about the future, but in the end, everything is easier when all possible concerns are planned for.

Source: FindLaw, "Help a Loved One Make a Power of Attorney," accessed Dec. 16, 2015

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