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August 2015 Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives ©Seattle University School of Law Clinical Program & Northwest Justice Project Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives You may have thought about which friend or relative you would choose to make decisions for you if you become injured or sick. You may have even thought about what kinds of medical treatment you will want if you are terminally ill or in a coma. But have you written it down? A power of attorney document allows you to choose a trusted friend or relative to help you with your health care and/or finances. A health care directive tells your friends, family and medical providers what kinds of treatment you want if you cannot speak for yourself. What is a Power of Attorney for Finances? In a power of attorney for finances document, you choose someone you trust with your money (your “agent”) to act on your behalf and help you with your money, property and belongings. You can give your agent the power to do things l...