If you are unable to attend your settlement, you can appoint a power of attorney to attend in your place. You can appoint anyone to serve as your power of attorney. But how do you choose the best person to represent you?
Experts say the first quality you want in a power of attorney is trustworthiness. Will this person act with your best interests at heart? Will they conduct themselves in the same manner that you would?
You also want to choose someone who takes the responsibility seriously and understands what you’re asking of them. Going to settlement isn’t just a matter of signing papers; if you were there, you would ask questions. Your representative should do the same.
Most people choose a trusted relative or close friend to act as their power of attorney. Choose someone you know well who knows your wishes and values.