Power of Attorney

The authority to act for another person in specified or all legal or financial matters. This must be drafted and notarized to be legal and is important when dealing with Wills and Trusts.

General Power of Attorney

General power of attorney provides broad powers to a person or group of people to act on your behalf. This can be in terms of financial matters, business dealings, insurance, or even employing individuals.

Validity of Power of Attorney

For a power of attorney document to be legally binding it must be signed and notarized. Certified copies are necessary as well. Banks and other businesses will not allow an agent to act without a certified copy.

Things To Bring:

In order to be properly prepared to draft your power of attorney, be prepared to choose an executor to handle your legal affairs. Once you have those determinations made, you are ready to come in and draft the will.

Make sure to bring Names and Addresses of who will be the Executor or Executors for your Power of Attorney. You will also need 2 witnesses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Some questions we’ve encountered relating to wills.

Do I need a Power of Attorney?

If you want to permit someone else to perform certain legal acts on your behalf, you will need a Power of Attorney document, signed and notarized. This can include health care decisions, child care, financial matters, and more.

If I'm Married do I Still Need Power of Attorney?

In some states, your spouse’s right to sell property owned by both of you is limited unless there is a power of attorney in place naming them the executor. A power of attorney secures your finances and assets, even if you are married.

What Happens Without Power of Attorney?

Without the benefit of a power of attorney, if you become incapacitated, your family members will have to ask a judge to name someone to manage your affairs. This can be a conservator, guardian, or curator that is not of your choosing.

What about Healthcare Choices?

Yes, a proper Power of Attorney will designate an executor to make medical decisions for you in the event of an emergency. Protecting your wishes means having the proper legal documentation.

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