A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document used to authorize someone else (your agent, surrogate or attorney-in-fact) to take certain actions or make certain decisions on your behalf. An estate planning law firm, elder law lawyer or family law attorney can work with you to create financial, legal, business and healthcare powers of attorney that meet your specific needs. Power of attorney documents can be very narrowly written--authorizing someone to perform one task on one day--or broad in scope. The POA can be written in a way that empowers your attorney-in-fact indefinitely, only until you're incapacitated or only after you become incapacitated. (All POA powers cease upon your death.) Your attorneys can evaluate your specific needs, discuss the pros and cons of each type of power of attorney and help determine who is appropriate to name as your agent.