Deanna L. Durbin attended the University of Akron, where she received her B.S.... more
Deanna L. Durbin attended the University of Akron, where she received her B.S. degree, summa cum laude, and her J.D. degree. While attending the University of Akron School of Law, Deanna was the Articles Editor for the Akron Law Review. She also participated in the Legal Clinic and served as an intern with the U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit. Formerly, Deanna worked in Information Technol... view profile
A power of attorney is a document you sign to give someone else the right to make legal decisions for you. Unlike a guardianship, you determine the decision makers' authority by the language used in the power of attorney form; you can limit it to health matters, financial issues, or any combination of powers that suits your needs. For example, if you are having heart surgery, you might consider appointing a family member with power of attorney over your health care, in case decisions need to be made and you aren't able to make them. Lawyers with expertise drafting power of attorney forms make sure the decision-making authority you are giving someone matches what you have in mind.