Increasingly, aging adults with blended families in charge of their care are finding themselves in the midst of family battles over decision-making authority. While a second wife or husband may be designated as health care power of attorney, adult children from the first marriage may pursue a legal challenge to the second spouse’s powers. When these disputes land in court and a judge appoints a guardian or revokes a relative’s authority, it can lead to long-standing resentments that may generate significant legal bills. To circumvent such problems, it is important for aging adults with blended families to choose carefully when giving someone the power of decision over their wealth and health. The person you empower with this responsibility is called your “agent.” We recommend that you also name an “alternate agent” who can fulfill this responsibility if your primary agent is unavailable or cannot be contacted quickly enough in case of an emergency. To schedule a free consultation to discuss what might be right for you, contact the Pruitt Law Offices S.C. at 262-633-8301, through our website at, or visit us at 731 Main Street in Racine. We are your partners for professional service.