May 01, 2012

ABA Commission on Law and Aging Wins Award for Universal Power of Attorney Guide

The ABA Commission on Law and Aging is the recipient of the 2012 ClearMark Award for Legal Documents for its universal power of attorney guide and form Giving Someone a Power of Attorney for Healthcare.

The ClearMark Awards are given annually by the Center for Plain Language to honor the best in clear communication and plain language. The awards recognize documents and Web sites from government, non-profits, and private companies that succeed in communicating clearly.

The ABA Commission’s Giving Someone a Power of Attorney for Healthcare is a 5-page guide and 5-page form that works together to help adults understand the process of planning for future health-care decisions and choose a person to be their health care agent should they become incapacitated due to illness or injury. The booklet was written by Charles P. Sabatino, director of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, with the help of more than a dozen legal consultants around the country and the Center for Clear Communication. The Center’s president, Carolyn Boccella Bagin, developed the award-winning presentation style.

The free booklet offers a simple durable power of attorney for health care and is designed to meet the legal requirements in nearly all states. Download your free copy of Giving Someone a Power of Attorney for Your Health Care at www.americanbar.org/aging.