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A power of attorney is a designation for someone else to act for you in the event you are unavailable or unable to act for yourself. A power of attorney may be for any general or special purpose. In estate planning, the power of attorney is a “life” document – one which takes care of you during life. During the estate planning process, you will create a power of attorney for health care and a power of attorney for financial matters. These documents will allow a person designated by you (your Agent) to make medical decisions for you should you become incapacitated, and to manage your financial affairs if you are unable to do so. Your Agent named in your financial power of attorney need not (but may) be the same person named as your Agent in your health care power of attorney.