One of the main reasons that many people put off long-term planning is that they do not like to think about going through a time–whether temporary or permanent–when they are no longer able to make their own decisions and live according to those decisions. There are likely many aspects of your life that you prefer to control instead of relinquishing that power to other. Some key areas include our personal lives, financial matters, and medical care.
What is important to remember, however, is that there are legal mechanisms that can help you retain control of your own life and affairs, regardless of what may happen to you in the future. One type of such legal mechanism is the power of attorney. Some powers of attorney, such as a health care power of attorney, relate only to healthcare and medical matters and can specify exactly what types of medical treatment or life-saving measures you wish to undergo. Other types of powers of attorney may discuss living arrangment, how you want your finances managed and other issues.
We are here to help you understand how a power of attorney can benefit you and help protect your interests. We realize that this topic may be unfamiliar to many, so we are willing to take the time needed to discuss the various options and find out what may be best for your particular situation. Essentially, a power of attorney designates a legal representative to act on your behalf and make the decisions you would have made if you were fully capable. We will guide you and advise you as you make difficult decisions related to choosing your representative and making your wishes clearly known.
Creating a power of attorney is not something that can be effectively accomplished with a cookie-cutter approach. Each situation is unique and requires its own careful analysis and forethought. In working with you to prepare a power of attorney, we will also discuss a more comprehensive estate plan that is designed to protect your interests. For more information on our services and abilities to help you accomplish this important planning step, please visit our webpage.