Using A Power Of Attorney To Ensure Your Wishes Are Known
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Many people will become incapable of making decisions for themselves at some point in their life. Whether it is the result of a medical issue or an accident, the loss of mental capacity tends to happen quickly and without warning. A power of attorney (POA) is a written document that allows you to give an individual the authority to make medical and/or financial decisions on your behalf. POAs are usually drafted alongside a will or a trust to create a more complete plan for the future. At the Law Offices of Paula R. Moore, I can meet with you to discuss the option of a power of attorney and answer any questions you may have.
I have more than 15 years of experience helping individuals and families throughout Fort Worth with their estate planning needs. I take a practical approach to legal issues, making certain that the estate planning documents accurately convey your wishes. When people approach me about creating a power of attorney, I typically recommend that we work on a will or a trust at the same time if they do not already have one. To schedule an appointment to discuss your needs, call 817-332-2300 or fill out my online contact form.
Types Of Powers Of Attorney
There are two primary types of powers of attorney:
Durable power of attorney: This document gives another individual the authority to make financial and other important business decisions on your behalf. That person can also complete transactions on your behalf, such as paying rent, paying your mortgage, signing checks and selling stocks, among other things.
Medical power of attorney: A medical power of attorney authorizes another individual to make health care decisions on your behalf, such as decisions about possible treatments and which hospital you will go to for care. It is important to choose someone whom you know has your best interests at heart.
A position related to a power of attorney is a guardian. Unlike a power of attorney relationship that is determined by you, a guardian is appointed by the court. Guardianships are very common for people who suffer with Alzheimer’s and other debilitating diseases. As a guardian you can make decisions regarding a person’s medical care and financial interests. I assist clients in obtaining guardianship rights and responsibilities. I can guide you through the legal process and address any challenges that may arise.
Advance Health Care Directives
Another tool available to you is an advance health care directive, or living will. This document expresses your wishes to a physician regarding the use of life-saving measures in the event that you become incapacitated. For instance, you can express whether you would like to be put on life support and for how long. Making these decisions may seem hard, but they can save your family time, frustration and the guilt of having to make them without your direction.
Contact Law Offices of Paula R. Moore To Start Planning For Your Future Today
To discuss powers of attorney, advance health care directives and other estate planning documents, contact me online or by calling my Fort Worth office at 817-332-2300. I represent clients throughout Fort Worth and Tarrant County, and I look forward to helping you.