One critical component of a well-crafted estate plan is a Power of Attorney (POA)—a legal document that allows you to designate someone to manage your financial matters if you're unable to do so yourself. It's not just a piece of paper; it's a commitment of trust, and its significance can't be overstated. 

At Engel Professional Association, we understand the importance of planning for the future. We're here to assist you in understanding and implementing this crucial aspect of estate planning. Based in Minneapolis and serving clients across St. Paul, Mankato, Maple Grove, St. Cloud, and Woodbury, our team at Engel Professional Association is dedicated to providing reliable legal counsel. We can help you understand the nuances and potential consequences of your decisions, including those concerning POAs. Our aim is to ensure that your estate plan aligns perfectly with your wishes and provides you with peace of mind. 

Types of Powers of Attorney

Financial Powers of Attorney: We often ask ourselves, "Who will take care of our finances if we can't?" That's where a Financial Power of Attorney comes in handy. It allows you to appoint an agent, also known as the principal, to manage your financial affairs. This includes paying bills, making investment decisions, and handling other financial matters. 

Healthcare Powers of Attorney: Your health is your wealth, and it's essential to have someone who can make critical healthcare decisions when you can't. A Healthcare Power of Attorney, or a medical power of attorney, designates an agent to communicate with healthcare providers, make treatment decisions, and ensure your wishes regarding medical care are followed. 

Durable Powers of Attorney: Life is unpredictable, and mental incapacitation can happen to anyone. But with a Durable Power of Attorney, you’ll have confidence that your chosen agent can continue acting on your behalf in both financial and healthcare matters, even if you become mentally incompetent. 

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Creating a Power of Attorney

Creating a Power of Attorney involves several steps. First, you need to choose an agent you trust implicitly. Discuss your wishes and expectations with them openly. It's advisable to consult with an estate planning attorney, like us at Engel Professional Association, who can provide guidance and ensure your POA complies with Minnesota state laws. 

We'll help you draft the POA document, clearly outlining the specific powers granted to your agent and any limitations or conditions. Once it's signed and notarized, it becomes legally enforceable. It's a meticulous process, but we're here to guide you every step of the way. 

Responsibilities of a Power of Attorney

The responsibilities of a Power of Attorney can vary, depending on the type and scope of authority granted. Financial POAs are responsible for managing your finances, while Healthcare POAs make critical health decisions on your behalf. 

Regardless of the type, all agents must act in your best interest, exercising utmost care and diligence. It's a significant responsibility, and that's why choosing the right agent is crucial. 

How We Can Help 

At Engel Professional Association, we play a crucial role in the creation and execution of Powers of Attorney. Our team has the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process, ensuring your wishes are properly documented and legally enforceable. 

We'll help you understand the different types of POAs, choose the right agent, and draft the necessary documents. Plus, we'll provide advice on the specific powers to grant, any limitations or conditions, and ensure compliance with state laws.


Powers of Attorney are essential components of estate planning. They allow you to appoint trusted agents to handle financial and healthcare matters on your behalf. Creating a POA involves choosing the right agent, discussing wishes and expectations, and working with an experienced estate planning attorney to draft the document. Reach out to Engel Professional Association today for a consultation. Let us help you secure your future.