A power of attorney is a legal document that authorizes another to act on behalf of another person. They are commonly used to allow the principal to appoint an agent to complete the sale of a house or car, as well as, other routine chores and decisions. The powers granted to an agent can be broad or limited. They can have a termination date, be in affect until revoked, or have the power and authority only spring forth at some later time or event. We commonly recommend a power of attorney to authorize others to make health-care decisions in the event that you become incapacitated. Regardless of whether the power of attorney is limited or broad in terms of powers granted or limited or durable in terms of duration, powers of attorney terminate at your death.