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Powers of attorney guide available

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 14, 2000


Have you made provisions for someone to make financial and medical decisions for you should you become incapacitated? It's a good plan for many of us, but the Florida Bar recommends that you get all the facts about powers of attorney before assigning someone else that authority.

The Florida Bar provides an easy-to-understand consumer pamphlet, Florida Powers of Attorney. Set up in a question/answer format, it helps explain the differences between general and durable powers of attorney and the relationship between them and other advance directives, such as living wills.

To obtain a copy of this pamphlet, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Consumer Pamphlets, Public Information & Bar Services, 650 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300. Single copies are free. The pamphlet is available on the Florida Bar's Web site, FLABAR ONLINE, at www.FLABAR.org.

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