What if you and your dog were in a car accident together and you both were seriously hurt? Who would make decisions about what kind of treatment your dog gets, where they should live or board while you recover or — God forbid — very hard decisions need to be made about your pet?
Who do you trust?
Here’s are two important things you need to know.
First, a DURABLE Power of Attorney (POA) is effective even if you’re incompetent, e.g. in a coma, unconscious, too weak or disabled to make decisions. Most General Powers of Attorney are not.
Second, this is a LIMITED POA. It’s only for Pet Care. It cannot be used to sell your real estate or make decisions about your health care
The Durable Limited Power of Attorney for Pet Care gives the person you name the power to make the decisions you would make if you were competent.
The reason for a separate form — look, let’s be honest. We have friends — and we have dog friends. People who know our pets and what we want for them, people who won’t hesitate to spend the money on them or to make hard decisions. You want your dog friends (OR your cat or horse friends!) in charge of your best friend’s life, not the person who may hold another POA.
And you may not want your dog friends in charge of anything else. That’s why this is a LIMITED POA.