Should I get power of attorney?
January 18, 2013 2:42 PM Subscribe
My father is hospitalized and will likely go to a long-term care facility if/when he is discharged. He has a Living Will and I am his health care surrogate, but I have reservations about getting power of attorney.
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He has few assests, in fact he probably has a lot of debts. I am his only child who is involved in his life. He is estranged from my adult brother and he has siblings that live a few states away. They have all said that they are comfortable with me making decisions for him if the need should arise. He filled out paperwork for advance directives, including a living will and designating me as his health care surrogate. That gives me access to his medical records in order to assist with rehab facility and long-term care facility placement.
I have reservations about getting power of attorney because my father has not been truthful in the past and I am concerned about getting into a mess that I do not want. I know I will not be responsible for his debts. Is there any reson that I should get power of attorney if there is no estate or inheritance? Probably just a lot of bills and stuff to clean up.