Executing a health care power of attorney does not preclude someone from making their own health care decisions; it simply becomes effective when an individual no longer has the capacity to determine the best decisions regarding health care. A durable power of attorney encompasses the general, special and health care power of attorney but ensures that these documents stay valid even if the individual becomes mentally incompetent. At GFS, we recognize the importance of having these documents in place. In most instances, issues of guardianship and conservatorship can be avoided if these documents are in place prior to any issues of mental or physical competence. Through our referrals to respected attorneys, we can assist our clients in having access to the experts who can ensure that the proper power of attorneys and other legal documents are in place. With an attorney’s guidance, our clients can be sure that their wishes and desires are legally in place.