General Practice
 
Powers of Attorney / Living Wills

What is a Power of Attorney?
A Durable Power of Attorney is a document that gives one or more people the authority to transact business on behalf of another. Typically, family members who are aging or infirm request a Power of Attorney so that they can defer the handling of their financial affairs to a close relative – this is an especially effective device to protect against cases of elder exploitation, where predators target isolated trusting seniors with financial requests.

In many instances, a Power of Attorney is useful when drafted for a limited scope, such as a real estate transaction, where the authority given to another terminates after the conclusion of the transaction.

Contact us today for more information on how a Power of Attorney can be useful in your situation.

Living Wills / Health Care Directives

What is a Living Will?
A Living Will is a document that allows an individual to set forth, in very clear terms, the extent of life sustaining treatment they would like to be provided if: (1) the individual is terminally ill or permanently unconscious; (2) the life sustaining treatment is experimental, likely to be futile, or merely prolong the dying process; or, (3) the individual has a serious irreversible illness, and the benefits of treatment are outweighed by its risks and burdens. Essentially, the Living Will can state a preference against (or for) specific life sustaining treatments, so that family members are clear in the individual’s wishes in the event the individual is not conscious to make the decision themselves.

Generally, a Living Will is part of a larger document referred to as an Advance Health Care Directive, in which a family member is appointed to assist with medical care decision making even in instances where a Living Will would not apply.

Wills and Estates
If a will is not drafted before death occurs, state law will determine who gets your property and a judge may decide who will raise your children. In your will, you can make these decisions yourself. Only a qualified attorney with knowledge of specific federal and state law requirements should draft such documents. We have comprehensive knowledge of your available options and will take a genuine interest in your situation.

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