Power of Attorney

A power of attorney gives another person the authority to act for you in specified or all legal or financial matters if you become physically or mentally unable to yourself. There are many types, but the most common are:

Financial Power of Attorney:

A property power of attorney is a document, typically signed at the same time as the trust that appoints a person termed an Attorney-in-Fact, or an Agent. The property power of attorney is an extremely important document that should be given very careful consideration. Clients sometimes wonder why their powers of attorney for property are so long and detailed. When answering that question, it helps to remember that the client has become unable to make decisions for him or herself, and the power of attorney is the set of instructions that enables someone else to make needed decisions, as such, the powers granted the Agent must be broad and thorough so as to enable the Agent to handle whatever comes along without court involvement.

Health Care Power of Attorney:

A health care power of attorney functions the same as the property power of attorney, except that the Agent is empowered to make health care decisions, including the decision to “pull the plug,” based on the instructions the principle included in the terms of the document. 

To learn more, please call 760-758-1565 or email aaston@trustandestatelawyer.net.