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Power of Attorney for Personal Care

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When does a Power of Attorney for Personal Care take effect?

It takes effect only if you become mentally incapable of making some or all of your personal care decisions. On the other hand, a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property comes into effect as soon as it is signed and witnessed, unless you state otherwise.

Power of Attorney documents are often kept in a safe place to use only in the event of mental incapacity at a later date.