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Power of Attorney in Glendale, CA

Make sure your loved ones have the ability to care for you in your old age. The Law Office of Laura Widdis helps clients set up power of attorney in Glendale, CA. Power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that gives another person authorization to make decisions about your finances, health, and other issues, should you become incapacitated. The person named as your "attorney" does not have to be a lawyer or have any legal training. Most clients name a family member or close friend.

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POA for Peace of Mind

Setting up a POA is the best way to ensure that your financial and medical affairs will be put in the hands of someone you trust. If you become incapacitated without a POA, the court will appoint a conservator to make medical and financial decisions on your behalf. This process is often time-consuming and costly. Courts usually choose family members to take on the task, but they won't necessarily appoint the person you would have chosen. Setting up a POA is an important part of estate planning.

Creating a POA is relatively easy and straightforward. Our team guides you through the whole process from beginning to end and makes sure you have all the information you need to make a sound decision.

Creating a Durable Power of Attorney

You can use power of attorney in a variety of different ways. For example, you can specify how long the agent's powers last or when they come into effect. Some seniors choose to give power of attorney to a loved one immediately; others only want the POA to come into effect if they are unable to make financial decisions for themselves. Durable power of attorney lasts until your death—unless you choose to revoke or modify it—and is the most common type of POA used in estate planning.

The person designated will not have the ability to make medical decisions for you unless you are unable to make them yourself. A durable POA or advanced healthcare directive can be changed or revoked at any time, but assigning power of attorney is still a significant legal decision that can seriously affect your life. It is important to discuss your decision with your family and loved ones. You should also book a consultation with a trained lawyer to be sure your wishes are honored.

Contact us to set up durable power of attorney. We serve families in Glendale, California, and surrounding communities, including Burbank, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Sun Valley.