ESTATES - POWER OF ATTORNEY
A power of attorney is a legal document you use to give someone else the authority
to make decisions on your behalf in the case that you are unable to make those decisions
for yourself. Who would you want to make decisions for you if you could not make
them for yourself?
This is not something to consider lightly. With careful planning on your part,
you can help assure that decisions made for you by another person are in line with
your own values and interests. You even get to chose how much power you wish to give,
and for how long and under what circumstances.
A time might come when you are not able to make decisions for yourself. You will
want a trusted individual to act on your behalf, but you'll also want
to establish some guidelines and even restrictions as to how that person may make
decisions for you. You'll want to pick someone you trust -
a spouse or good friend or family member.
Your representative can pay bills, handle your taxes, your investments and handle
any other business matters you would normally take care of yourself. You direct them
to act as you wish, and you can also direct them to not act in certain respects.
It's not just about financial matters, though. A Power of Attorney
also authorizes your "agent" to make medical and health decisions
for you when you cannot make them for yourself. Maybe you want to be treated in a
specific facility or with a particular treatment. All of your wishes can be expressed
in a Power of Attorney, and you get to revoke it at any time as long as you are competent.
Without the POA, the court gets to decide who makes your decisions for you, and
even then that person must answer to the court for any and all decisions and actions
on your behalf. Do you want to leave important decisions about your life to those
who barely know you?
We can provide the legal services to help you draft your Power of Attorney. We
know your rights and we know the importance of establishing a plan for your care
in the case that you cannot make your own decisions. Do not leave the most important
decisions up in the air. Call us today to set up a consultation for your Power of
DIVORCE - MEDIATION
Mediation is an option for settling family law disputes in a divorce such as equitable
distribution, child support or custody. The mediator facilitates the discussion and
resolution of all issues of the divorce. Instead of taking the part of one side,
the mediator serves as a neutral party that addresses issues and guides a couple
in making decisions.
Learn more about divorce mediation...