As a legal document, what a power of attorney accomplishes is giving a specified individual the legal standing to take certain actions on behalf of another person. A big part of why it’s important to work with a trusted legal advisor to draft this document is the powers that are granted will depend on what’s written. Some people want to grant very specific or limited powers, while other documents are purposely created to provide broad power of attorney.
One important characteristic of powers of attorney is when the maker passes away, all powers granted by this type of document are terminated. The same can be true if a maker is still alive but unable to communicate on their own. Since an individual may want to grant certain powers if they ever become incapacitated in that way, the tool that should be utilized is a durable power of attorney.