The Durable Power of Attorney (“DPA”) allows another person to “step into your shoes” as your agent and act on your benefit to handle legal, financial and/or health care decisions prior to death. The DPA is normally triggered upon disability or incompetency, or upon some event, or even immediately. Once the DPA becomes effective it will allow your agent to pay your medical and other bills, take care of legal matters, and possibly make certain health care decisions. The DPA remains effective until death or revocation. The main advantage of the DPA is to avoid the burden and expense of having another person appointed by the Court to service as your Guardian to handle your affairs during disability or incompetency. Typically, a trusted relative or friend would be that person and alternative persons should be appointed as the agent.