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Here are the top legal documents to help caregivers gain peace of mind.

Power of attorney (POA) 

This document educates caregivers about what kind, if any, power of attorney they may need.

Living will or advance directive

Documentation from the care recipient that includes wishes for end-of-life decisions such as life support when they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves.

Living trust

A document that puts financial and physical assets in a trust and appoints a trustee who can manage the decision-making for those assets.


A will names an executor to manage the estate at the time of death and beneficiaries who receive assets from the estate.

Other considerations

HIPAA authorization

This document authorizes an appointed person or entity to share specific health information with another person or entity.


These medical orders, written by a doctor, specify types of life-sustaining care a person wishes to receive.

POLST form

This document is used by the terminally ill to state end-of-life wishes. It does not replace an advance directive.

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