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DEFINITION
An instrument authorizing a person to act as the agent of the person granting it, and a general power authorizing the act generally in behalf of the principal. As special power limits the agent to a particular or specific act as: a land-owner may grant an agent special power of attorney to convey a single and specific parcel of property. Under the provisions of a general power of attorney, the agent having the power may convey any or all property of the principal granting the general power of attorney.

 
living will

If you are in an accident or suffer a serious medical emergency and you are unable to give instructions to your doctor and do not have a Continuing Power of Attorney For Personal Care, the government can step in and make decisions about your personal care.