Powers of Attorney and Healthcare Directives are two legal instruments that can be vital to your estate plan. A Power of Attorney authorizes a person you trust to make decisions on your behalf when you are unable to for any reason. Different types of Powers of Attorney can be created for varying purposes, such as for financial or other reasons. Healthcare Directives also name someone to make medical decisions on your behalf when you can no longer do so and can provide written instructions as to what type of medical care/interventions you wish to have or not have.
At Crosswhite, Crosswhite & Johnson, our legal team is fully-equipped to help you create the legal documents you need to protect your interests in estate planning. We bring combined decades of experience to your case in guiding you through the options that will best fit your needs and those of your family and implementing them for effectiveness.
Powers of Attorney fall into two basic categories: durable and non-durable. Of these, the durable form is the one most relevant to the topic of estate planning. Durable powers of Attorney are powerful legal tools. They give the person you name as your agent the ability to manage your finances and property (under terms, conditions and limits set by you) in the event you become incapacitated or are declared incompetent. This avoids many intra-family problems associated with petitions for guardianship (i.e. control) of the estate and other issues.
In general. all Powers of Attorney (POAs) should be customized according to your unique circumstances and needs. They can allow your named person to make personal, financial, healthcare, and business decisions. For example, your named agent can be authorized to handle all of your personal affairs, from banking to filing tax returns, managing, selling, or buying property, and more.
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