Last updated: October 2012
The word "durable" tells you that the Power of Attorney will still be good even if you become legally "incapable." The powers you give to your attorney-in-fact will remain effective even though you, the principal, are no longer able to give your agent instructions.
Additional provisions may be added to this form, such as authorizing your agent to make gifts. However, it is essential that you consult with a lawyer before executing a Power of Attorney and authorizing additional powers because actions taken under a Power of Attorney may have broad implications on eligibility for future public benefits.