Macon Powers of Attorney
CLIENT-ORIENTED LEGAL SUPPORT FOR YOUR FINANCIAL AND MEDICAL FUTURE
Jen Haskins Law can help you explore your legal options for protecting your wishes through a power of attorney. As a smaller firm, Jen Haskins Law is more able to devote personalized, friendly attention to your individual case and help you build a life plan that most closely aligns with your wishes. From financial matters to end-of-life medical concerns, a power of attorney can make sure your voice is honored to the very last day. Reach out to Attorney Jennifer Moore today to discuss what powers of attorney you should create and what to include in them.
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FINANCIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY
A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that grants specific powers to someone you trust (an “agent”) to handle certain matters on your behalf.
A financial POA allows a designated agent to handle all your financial and business matters. Common examples of financial matters that can be covered under this type of POA include:
- Real property
- Retirement plans
- Banks and financial institutions
- Stocks and bonds
- Business operations
- Government benefits
To create a valid, legally enforceable financial POA, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be of “sound mind” or mental capacity.
- Sign the document in the presence of a notary public and a separate witness (these individuals cannot be the agent you name in the POA).
A financial POA is effective immediately upon signing, unless you have specified in it that it should take effect at a future date, and it terminates upon your death. You can also revoke the POA at any time (as long as you are mentally competent when doing so).
Advance Directive for Healthcare
This is a legal document that allows you to describe the medical treatment you wish to receive if you cannot voice these wishes yourself due to incapacitation.
Some medical wishes you can state in your Advanced Healthcare Directive include:
- Palliative care – This is the kind of treatment given to reduce pain if you elect to forego life-prolonging treatments.
- Life-prolonging medical treatment – This could include blood transfusions, CPR, diagnostic tests, dialyses, administration of drugs, use of a respirator, and surgery.
- Intravenous food and water – You may or may not have a preference for receiving intravenous food and water if you are permanently unconscious.
Jen Haskins Law can take a deeper look at your situation to determine how to structure your financial power of attorney to achieve your personal goals. Having a power of attorney to address your financial needs and an Advanced Directive for Healthcare for your healthcare wishes in the event that you become medically incapacitated can prove a significant asset to you and your loved ones in the future.
Contact Jennifer Moore for an initial consultation to discuss your power of attorney concerns in more detail today.