Powers of Attorney Lawyer in San Antonio
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Establishing powers of attorney is crucial for times when you may become incapacitated from illness, injury, or the effects of old age. Just as with a will or trust, everyone should consider determining their powers of attorney before it becomes apparent that they should do so. No matter your wealth, age, or health, Aria Law PLLC can provide the legal assistance you need.
Our lawyer can guide you through the process of establishing powers of attorney. These crucial documents can empower your loved ones to act on your behalf with regard to your financial and healthcare affairs when you are not able to do so. By working with Aria Law PLLC, you can expect a personalized level of legal service that accounts for the details of your needs. Our powers of attorney lawyer in San Antonio will walk you through this process, ensuring you understand your options and select the ones that can deliver the outcomes you expect in the future.
Four Different Types of Attorney Powers
A power of attorney is primarily concerned with handling the legal and financial affairs of someone who needs help or is incapacitated. In other words, if you are unable to make important decisions for your estate because of age or an illness or injury, a power of attorney can empower someone you trust to act on your behalf.
There are found main types of attorney powers:
- A Durable Power of Attorney permits an agent you assign to do nearly anything in your place and act as if you are doing it yourself. This includes opening bank accounts, managing your financial assets, paying your bills, and more. This power of attorney is “durable” because once activated, it remains in effect even if you become incapacitated at a later time.
- General Power of Attorney provides all of the same powers that a durable power of attorney does, but terminates when a particular event – such as incapacitation, death, or revocation of those powers – occurs.
- A Special or Limited Power of Attorney can be used when the principal needs a specific task performed, such as selling real estate. This power of attorney allows the agent to act on their behalf under very specific circumstances or for a specified period of time.
- A Springing Power of Attorney can go into effect when a specific event occurs, such as incapacitation of the principal. This power of attorney can provide a nearly seamless transition of authority over one’s personal affairs to their agent should they suddenly become sick or injured.
Medical Power of Attorney
A medical power of attorney is different from the other four types, primarily because it deals with your medical care rather than financial affairs. You can assign both types of powers to one individual, or select who among your loved ones is most suited to handle these roles.
A Medical Power of Attorney is typically included among your advanced directives, which are your wishes for how you want your medical care to be carried out when you are incapacitated. Assigning someone this authority over your care empowers them to make important decisions about the course of your medical care when your other advance directives don’t account for a particular situation.
For example, you may have a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) order in your advance directives but didn’t account for medical intervention such as breathing or feeding tubes. The person you empower with a Medical Power of Attorney, who knows what you would have wanted, can make this decision for you.
When it's time to think about your future, Aria Law is prepared to help navigate you through the estate planning process. Get in touch with our team today to discuss your options.