Obtaining all of your necessary estate planning from one law firm ensures that the language in all of the documents compliment and strengthen each other, rather than conflict. At Bender Law, each estate plan – and each document it contains – is specifically tailored to meet the needs of your unique family.

Powers of Attorney are essential documents, even if you don’t have a Will. Below is a collection of the most frequently asked questions so that you can fully understand the basics of Powers of Attorney and make an informed decision for your family.

Who needs a Power of Attorney?

Everyone! This is a basic legal document that everyone should have – it’s your “go-to” when there’s an emergency. Specifically, a good time to think about getting a Durable Power of Attorney is in these situations:

  • You’re planning to travel.
  • You’re 18 years old and going on your senior trip.
  • You’re in your early twenties and moving away for college.
  • You participate in activities that could result in a serious injury, like skydiving, rock climbing, SCUBA diving, parasailing, etc.
  • You’re recently divorced, separated, or widowed and your previous spouse is listed as your agent in your current Durable Power of Attorney.
  • You’ve been diagnosed with a serious condition or disease, like MS, ALS, or cancer.
  • Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s runs in your family (do not wait until you’ve been diagnosed).
  • You found a Durable Power of Attorney on the internet.
  • Your agent in your current Durable Power of Attorney is no longer available.
  • You currently don’t have a Durable Power of Attorney.

Financial Power of Attorney

With a Durable Power of Attorney for Finances, your agent will have the authority to manage your finances when you become incapacitated. If you’re injured in a serious accident that results in you being in coma, your Durable Power of Attorney will “kick in” and your agent will be able to pay your bills, access investment accounts, and manage other financial matters until you are able to do so on your own. It will also allow your agent to purchase property, sell property, and buy cars.

Medical Power of Attorney

A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare will allow your agent to make medical decisions and access your medical information while you’re in a coma. If your surgeon or physician need to consult with someone prior to conducting a procedure, your agent will be able to discuss the situation with your doctor. For instance, if your agent knows that you would never want a blood transfusion, she or he will be able to make that decision by instructing the doctor of your wishes.

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