Power of Attorney
Having a proper Power of Attorney (POA) in place before you pass on is an important part of protecting your loved ones. Without a POA the government will decide who they feel is the best fit to make decisions concerning you and your estate and may lead to tension and conflicts within your family and loved ones.
A POA is a request from you as the testator through a signed document for one or more persons (usually spouses or children) to act on your behalf regarding business or personal affairs, typically covering your finances and property.
A POA, as it relates to property, is valuable if you are out of the country for an extended period or to ensure that whoever you have chosen has the right to access and handle your financial matters in your absence. The other practical function of POA is for personal care, sometimes referred to as a “living will.” This type of POA calls for the chosen individual to make decisions regarding your health and personal well-being, including clarifying your wishes to medical and scientific professionals regarding measures taken to extend your life.
Our experienced lawyers are here to help in the preparation and execution of a POA and to help you understand the legal implications associated with it.