The thought of giving someone power of attorney (POA) over your affairs may be disconcerting. However, if your fears stem from murder mysteries that you have read or seen on the big screen, you are probably not getting all the facts. Fiction and media are largely sensationalized; they are designed to garner a specific reaction or emotional response. In the real world, a POA is highly unlikely to result in the same injustices.
If you believe that incapacitation may result in not having the ability to communicate your wishes for a last will and testament, a POA grants an agent or attorney to act on your behalf. A POA is not a will, but rather, a document that can work in tandem with a will. A will only comes into effect after your death, whereas a POA can ensure that your wishes are followed while you are still alive.
Your POA Rights
Another party cannot legally create and enforce a POA without your permission. If you are of sound mind and body, you have the option of creating a POA with a lawyer to safeguard the future of your family. While this legal mechanism is typically used by individuals who are advancing in years, there are a number of other common circumstances where power of attorney is important.
Those with deteriorating health or working in dangerous occupations like the police or military may create a POA. An experienced power of attorney lawyer can provide guidance and help you draft the right documents for your estate. This may include the creation of a POA combined with a will, depending on your personal circumstances.
If you would like to learn more about power of attorney or creating a will, reach out to lawyer Robert Turner at his Decatur, GA, office at (404) 377-6941 today.
Posted on behalf of Turner Law, LLC