30 Jan Argentine Powers of Attorney
Power of Attorney in Argentina
First of all, we need to define what an Argentine Power of Attorney is. A power of attorney is a document in which one person (the principal) appoints another person (the attorney-in-fact) to act for him or her. There are many reasons why you might want to appoint someone else to look after your financial affairs.
For example, if you are going to be out of the country for a lengthy period of time, you might want someone to do your banking while you are gone. If you are approaching old age, you may want to give a power of attorney to a person you trust so that he or she can manage your property for you.
Types of Power of Attorney in Argentina
An ordinary power of attorney is only valid as long as the principal is capable of acting for him or herself. An ordinary power of attorney will end automatically when the principal becomes mentally incapacitated or dies.
A durable power of attorney is intended to remain in force in the event that the principal later becomes mentally incompetent. Of course, the principal must be competent at the time the durable power of attorney is made. A durable power of attorney ends automatically when the principal dies or may be revoked at any time by notifying your Attorney-in-fact in writing that the power is revoked (You should destroy the original power of attorney).
Types of Wills and Power of Attorney
A Living Will allows you to have a say in the type of health care treatment you receive should you find yourself unable to act for yourself. A Living Will is also commonly known as a Health Care Directive. A Medical Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone to make health care decisions on your behalf should you find yourself unable to act for yourself. A Living Will deals with the type of health care treatment you will receive while alive. In contrast, a Last Will determines how your estate will be dispersed after you pass. Both documents are part of a strong estate plan.
Health Care Directive and Power of Attorney
What is a Health Care Directive?
A Health Care Directive is comprised of a Living Will and Medical Power of Attorney.
A directive allows you to plan your medical treatment in advance should there ever come a time when you are unable to express your personal health care wishes.
A Health Care Directive is also known as:
- Advance Directive
- Personal Directive
- Advance Decision
- Medical Directive
- Living Will
What is a Medical Power of Attorney?
A Medical Power of Attorney is a document that appoints someone to make medical decisions on your behalf.
A Medical Power of Attorney is also known as:
- Health Care Power of Attorney
- Health Care Proxy
- Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
- Health Care Representative
What is a Living Will?
A Living Will is a document that indicates your medical wishes in the event you suffer a disability or cannot consent to your health care treatment.
Living Will vs. Last Will and Testament
If you are unable to express your health care wishes in the future, hospitals and families will reference your Living Will as a statement of your medical wishes.
Alternatively, a Last Will and Testament is a document that indicates how you would like to distribute your assets or to appoint a guardian for your children after your death. You cannot specify medical treatment preferences with a Last Will.
Why should I create a Health Care Directive?
Without a Living Will, the burden of making your medical decisions falls on your family members. Creating a personal directive not only gives you control of your medical wishes but it saves your family from making tough treatment choices on your behalf.
Additionally, appointing a Medical Power of Attorney allows you to discuss your treatment wishes with someone you trust prior to any unforeseen medical circumstance so they can make health care decisions in your best interest.
Choosing a Medical Power of Attorney/Health Care Proxy
When appointing someone as your Medical Power of Attorney, you should choose someone who is trustworthy, has your best interests in mind, and will make your health care decisions according to your intended wishes.
What medical decisions can I make with a Living Will?
Every state has its own limits as to what you can legally include in your directive. You may specify instructions for a variety of medical situations and describe your feelings towards the quality of life. But keep in mind health care providers will only carry out certain procedures according to your state laws.
Here are some of the main treatment choices you will want to specify in your Living Will:
Life Support means any life-sustaining procedures done to a patient to restore function to an organ through medical intervention.
Common forms of life support include CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), defibrillators, assisted breathing, dialysis, and artificially administered food and water.
DNR is short for “Do Not Resuscitate”, which means you do not wish to receive life support or resuscitation if an organ fails.
Comfort care means healthcare professionals will use any means possible to relieve your pain, including administering medication or creating a comfortable environment for you to rest in.
Quality of Life
Many people define the quality of life in their Living Will to notify their family and health care professionals as to what they may want in extreme health situations (life or death) and what constitutes a quality life for them.
When does my Health Care Directive come into effect?
The terms of your directive are binding once you sign the document. It comes into use if you are incapable of making your own medical decisions. Typically, this may be when you suffer a disability, or if you are in a coma, or in a vegetative state.
Can I make changes to my Health Care Directive?
You can make changes to your personal directive if you destroy your current one, notify your health care representative or hospital of your changes, and create and distribute a new directive. It’s important to let everyone in your family know where you keep your advance directive so they can easily find it during an emergency.