A durable power of attorney enables you to designate another individual with the legal right to make decisions on your behalf. The durable power of attorney document should specifically list what rights and limitations your representative is allowed to take. It is important to remember the durable power of attorney is only effective while you are living, so you should ensure you also have a thoroughly drafted Will that designates a representative to handle your estate after your death. It is also important to know the types of rights you are allowed to give a durable power of attorney may be limited by state law. It is always best to consult with a lawyer who has experience drafting power of attorney documents to ensure your durable power of attorney document is legally binding and enables your designee to make the appropriate decisions.