Power of Attorney (POA)
Knowing that your interests will be taken care of when you can’t take care of them yourself is reassuring.
Whether you become permanently incapacitated or just temporarily unable to make important decisions, having a Power of Attorney that allows a family member or other trusted advisor to make sound medical and financial decisions is a critical part of a comprehensive estate plan.
Power of Attorney is a legal term for documents which can protect and empower you and your family in different ways.
- A Healthcare Power of Attorney allows your agent to make medical and care decisions.
- A Non-durable Power of Attorney is for a set period of time and usually for a specific transaction.
- A Durable Power of Attorney can be used to allow your agent to manage all of your affairs.
- A Special or Limited Power of Attorney is typically used for one-time financial transactions.
- A Springing Power of Attorney becomes effective upon the occurrence of a specific event.
Depending on your needs and your lifestyle, an experienced attorney can help you understand which types of Power of Attorney you need.
While a quick Google search may make it seem obvious which type of power of attorney you need, there can be legal and medical factors you’re not aware of that warrant creating one type over another.
Also, if you want to create a power of attorney to be used much later in life that can flex as circumstances change, it’s important to consider scenarios that may not be clear to you at this time.
The best way to pick the right type of power of attorney is to work with an experienced attorney to develop a comprehensive strategy for now and in the future.
Using a power of attorney, you can appoint any competent person over the age of 18 to be your attorney-in-fact. You may also appoint financial institutions. However, keep in mind that this is a large responsibility to hand over to an individual. It’s critical that you choose thoughtfully and wisely.
Laws very from state to state, and what seems like a small legal loophole can make legal documents unenforceable. The last thing you want is to have a bank or medical institution refuse to honor your power of attorney right when you need it most. To make sure your power of attorney is legally binding, work with an attorney with knowledge of the laws in your state. Doing it right provides peace of mind.
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