As you put together your estate plan in North Carolina, you may stumble while deciding on your power of attorney. This person makes medical and health care decisions for you if you are in a coma or otherwise incapacitated.

To help you narrow down your options, Verywell Health offers several characteristics to look for in this person. Ensure you are both ready to make the right decisions should the time come.

Someone you can trust

Of course, you should have complete faith in the person you deem your power of attorney. Even if this individual has differing religious or personal beliefs, she or he should still adhere to your desires for your health without reservation.

Someone local

Your power of attorney should live in the same geographic area as you, or at least have no problem traveling to your hospital bedside. Even if this person does not mind traveling, you have to consider that there may be an emergency where your power of attorney needs to arrive ASAP.

Someone unafraid to speak up

Assertiveness is another necessary trait in your power of attorney. This person may have to go up against doctors, your family members and anyone else who may disagree with your desires. Your power of attorney should plant her or his feet and deliver the necessary pushback to ensure your wish-fulfillment without unnecessarily putting your health at risk.

Someone aware of your desire to name her/him as power of attorney

You do not want your power of attorney to learn of her or his role upon your incapacitation. Let your candidates know they are “in the running,” and ask each person to be frank about her or his willingness to fill the role.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.