Powers of Attorney in Montgomery County
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In most estate plans, it is vital to establish powers of attorney to take command of assets and the course of events if you become incapacitated at any point during your life. Without adequate powers of attorney, it may be necessary to open a guardianship with the court if you become incapacitated. Understandably, this can be difficult to face, but strategic planning can ensure that your interests are protected.
Powers of attorney may be applicable in the following situations:
- Medical power of attorney
- Durable power of attorney for property
- Directive to Physicians (the “living will”)
- HIPAA release
At Dossey & Jones, PLLC, we understand how important it is to plan for the future and having a plan suited to your particular needs. If you become incapacitated and no longer have the ability to make the decisions, you need a power of attorney to name a legal representative to act on your behalf.
Why You Need to Appoint Powers of Attorney
There are too many scenarios to name when discussing why one would need another person to act as agent in your place. This person is called the “attorney-in-fact” and you, as the owner of the estate, are “the principal.” Depending on the type of document, the powers that the attorney-in-fact has can be limited or extensive. The powers of attorney can commence when the document is signed or can be drafted to become effective at the time the principal is incapacitated. When the principal passes away, all powers of attorney are then void.
Powers of Attorney should be reviewed periodically to make sure the persons you name are still the right choice. Life events such as marriages, divorces, new members in the family, or changes in your health may warrant a change to your powers of attorney. We can offer our experienced legal guidance to ensure your plans are aligned with your goals for the future.
We often receive calls from family members needing a Power of Attorney for a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimers or dementia. Once your capacity is diminished, it is too late to sign a power of attorney and the only alternative is to petition the courts for a guardianship. You must appoint your agent for the future now, while you have full mental capacity.
We Are Here to Listen—Call Our Montgomery County Estate Planning Lawyers
Our team consists of Montgomery County attorneys, as well as accountants and CPA’s, who have a deep familiarity with the various laws. No matter how complex your case may be, trust in our efforts to ensure that your interests are well-protected.
Please give our Montgomery County estate planning attorneys a call at (281) 410-2792 to schedule yours today!