Special Powers of Attorney
In many cases, individuals with special needs should execute powers of attorney to allow their parents, siblings, or other trusted individuals to assist them with certain responsibilities, such as managing their finances, making health care decisions, or advocating for them in an academic setting. One can give another person the authority to assist them with these matters by executing a durable financial power of attorney, a health care power of attorney, and a Special Education Power of Attorney. Legal mental capacity is required in order for a person to execute these documents, and it takes an attorney to determine whether the individual meets the requirements of legal capacity. Medical records and psychological assessments can help an attorney determine whether it will be legally possible for an individual with special needs to execute these documents. If possible, that individual may also want to execute a will.