If I make a South Dakota Power of Attorney, whom should I select as my agent?

You need to think carefully about who knows you best and will best be able to “stand in your shoes” for legal matters. For many people, this will be a spouse or a child, but you can choose anyone, including a friend. You should also consider where the person lives and whether that person will be available when legal decisions need to be made for you. Finally, you should consider naming a second person to act as a successor agent in the event that your first choice is unavailable or is unwilling to make the decision.