Legacy Planning Law Group knows that the best way to help our clients is to understand their estate planning needs and help them build that plan. If you’re interested in learning more about powers of attorney and our estate planning services as part of our unique Family Estate and Legacy Program, please book your free 15-minute phone call with us today!
A Health Care Power of Attorney, which is also called an advance directive, allows you to accomplish two main things. First, you can use this tool to choose the individual or individuals who you want to have the authority to make healthcare decisions on your behalf if you are ever unable to do so.
Secondly, a Health Care Power of Attorney will allow you to make certain medical decisions for yourself ahead of time. For example, you can explain in detail what is to be done regarding life-sustaining treatment. This aspect of your planning is known as a Living Will. If you have specific desires regarding surgical procedures, palliative care, pain management or organ donation, a Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will are the perfect tools to express your wishes.
Due to the fact that this document is going to reflect your very personal wishes, concerns, and values, it is not a good idea to use templates or other standard forms. Instead, creating a personalized Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will that are as unique as you are will help avoid any problems in the future.
A Durable Power of Attorney is a legal document in which you give another person the authority to act on your behalf with regard to financial and personal business matters. The designated individual is referred to as the ‘agent’ or ‘attorney-in-fact,’ and will have the legal authority to act and sign documents on your behalf.
A Durable Power of Attorney becomes effective immediately upon signing and remains in effect for your entire lifetime or until the point that you cancel the document. With this in mind, it is essential that you appoint someone who you trust.
If you should become incapacitated and don’t have a Durable Power of Attorney in place, a court-supervised guardianship may become necessary. Of course, most people would rather have someone they trust handling their affairs rather than a court-appointed stranger.
In most cases a Durable Power of Attorney will not be used until you are much older, but everyone who is 18 and over should have one in place just to be safe.
A Durable Power of Attorney can be a very simple and affordable document to add to your estate plan.
We offer a 15-minute complimentary call with one of our team members to get to know you and your situation.
During the call, we will find out what your planning needs are so we can see if we can help you. We will also figure out if we would be a good fit for each other.
At the end of the call, we will set up a time to meet with the team and create a plan that will protect your family and preserve your legacy.