We Draft Powers of Attorney with Your Best Interests in Mind
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Powers of attorney are flexible planning documents that many adults would benefit from having in place. They are used to protect people and their property in the event they become unable — mentally, physically or emotionally — to make decisions. A power of attorney grants a designated individual the ability to make decisions in specified areas on behalf of the grantor if the grantor becomes incapacitated or incompetent. A serious medical or mental condition may render you unable to communicate or make sound judgments that affect your well-being. A power of attorney prepares for this and other possibilities by granting your agent the ability to decide for you, in accordance with the terms of your appointment. If you do not have a power of attorney in place, your spouse or a close family member must go to court and file papers to be appointed as your legal guardian. The legal guardianship process can be time-consuming and expensive. Powers of attorney can avoid this. At Estate & Elder Law Services, we guide clients through their options with respect to powers of attorney and draft the necessary forms for signature. Our deep experience working with elder clients provides us with a keen understanding of issues that impact individuals who need assistance in decision-making, regardless of their age.
Powers of attorney ensure that you get help from a trusted person when you are most vulnerable
A power of attorney can be narrowly crafted to limit the authority of the agent to a particular area of the principal’s life, or to a specific set of decisions. Or it can be drafted more broadly and provide a basis for the agent to act in many areas. Powers of attorney are important documents to consider as part of estate planning efforts or for people concerned about key decisions in the event they become incompetent or incapacitated. The most common powers of attorney include:
At Estate & Elder Law Services, we prepare powers of attorney for clients and guide them through the process of planning for decision-making in the event they become incapacitated or incompetent. We are located 4.5 miles northwest of downtown Wilmington where Route 48 intersects with Route 141. Contact us online or call our office at 302.651.0113.