A power of attorney is a document you sign to give someone else the right to make legal decisions that affect your property. Unlike a guardianship, you determine the extent of the decision makers’ authority. For example, if you are going to take a trip overseas, you might consider executing a power of attorney that appoints a family member or other person you trust to act on your behalf in the event that financial matters must be handled in your absence. A durable power of attorney, which is valid even in the event of an illness or other physical incapacity that prevents you from making financial decisions, effectively avoids the need for your family to apply for legal guardianship and should be given serious consideration.
The lawyers at Young & Perez can draft the proper power of attorney that fits your needs and they will ensure that you are educated to make informed decisions on who you will appoint to carry out the decision making authority. When you give someone the power to make legal decisions for you, you will want an experienced attorney who will create a document that will stand up in court in case it is challenged.