Perhaps one of the most misunderstood elements of an estate plan is the power of attorney. You may have read news stories about people whose designated agent took advantage of them at a vulnerable time, and this makes you reluctant to include a POA in your estate plan. You may be one of the many in Hawaii who hesitates to include a POA in your plan because you have negative opinions based on bad information.
Understanding the benefits of a POA and dispelling the myths may allow you to protect yourself at a time when you will need someone to act on your behalf. This is what your POA can do for you. Without designating someone for that duty, you may be at the mercy of the courts if you cannot speak for yourself.