A Power of Attorney (POA) is a written legal document granting authorization for the person of your choosing to represent or act on your behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter. A Power of Attorney is often times executed in conjunction with a Health Care Proxy. When you choose someone to be your power of attorney, you are giving them the right, authority, and power to “act as you”.
It is important to note that authority granted in a Powers of Attorney automatically ends, and become void, upon the death of the person granting it. A Power of Attorney is NOT a substitute for estate planning.
Powers of Attorney can be general or specific; tailored by our office to your specific needs and situation. As people age, giving someone they trust the ability to step in and pay bills, maintain the home, balance the checkbook, etc., can be monumental in keeping that person’s affairs intact.
The office often recommends the creation of a Power of Attorney, along with a Health Care Proxy, as a first step in planning your later years. Call today to start planning for your future.