Powers of Attorney allow you to designate a trusted individual to make critical health care and financial decisions if you are unable to handle your own affairs. The alternative is leaving that decision to a judge unfamiliar with your needs and preferences.
Designating a representative – and putting your wishes in writing – will, in most cases, help avoid family conflict.
Remember the case of Terry Schiavo in Florida? Her parents and husband fought a bitter court battle over her future in part because they disagreed about what Terry would have decided had she been able to express herself.