Comprehensive Power of Attorney in Melbourne, FL
Power of Attorney by The Law Offices of J. Scott Lanford
Attorneys and their clients typically establish a power of attorney for financial, medical, or child care reasons. For many Melbourne, FL residents, a power of attorney is necessary when you anticipate having trouble making your own decisions or communicating your wishes. If you are considering hiring the Law Offices of J. Scott Lanford to establish a power of attorney, we can get the job done. You can expect it to involve appointing someone you trust to handle specific responsibilities when you are no longer able to. Their duties might include guiding financial decisions to provide appropriate medical treatment or providing guardianship for your children. Without a power of attorney, it can be difficult for your loved ones to help make decisions if you become incompetent or incapacitated.
We Can Establish Various Types of Power of Attorney
At our estate planning law firm, we provide a detailed evaluation to determine best when to enact power of attorney services. Our team helps establish a system to delegate decision-making and decides when and how you want your power of attorney to take effect. We offer a power of attorney in several sectors, including:
Financial Power of Attorney: The Law Offices of J. Scott Lanford can help you determine a trusted individual who can manage your estate in the event you are unable to do so. A financial power of attorney authorizes an individual you trust to make decisions and act for you regarding financial matters. It typically becomes effective upon the occurrence of a future event, such as the event if you become incapacitated or incompetent.
Medical Power of Attorney: When you require a trusted individual for medical treatment and end-of-life decisions, a power of attorney will help. We can appoint a guardian to act as an advocate. This mechanism allows you to select someone you trust to make decisions related to your medical care when you are no longer able to. Situations in which a medical power of attorney may be necessary include if you are unconscious, under anesthesia, or mentally incompetent due to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Establishing a medical power of attorney before these situations occur is vital to ensuring your trusted family member or friend can make decisions on your behalf.
Child Care Power of Attorney: Caring for your children if you can no longer take care of them is a top priority for any parent. We, at the Law Offices of J. Scott Lanford, can assist in determining the best individuals to act as guardians of your children on your behalf. A power of attorney allows you to designate another adult to make decisions for your child if you cannot. It does not require you to give up your parental or custodial rights.
Understanding the Finer Points of Limited Power of Attorney
A limited power of attorney is the most bare-bones form of the legal tool. It enables the attorney-in-fact to act only for a limited time or purpose and in the area specified by the principal. There are several potential reasons to set up a power of attorney. For instance, they are often used by business professionals who are not physically available to close a deal. A limited power-of-attorney allows us to act on your behalf as a proxy. They can be used by non-business individuals as well, such as in temporary medical emergencies that prevent the principal from making informed decisions.
When to Pursue a Durable Power of Attorney
A durable power of attorney is more comprehensive than the limited power of attorney. Instead of focusing on a single action, they give the agent wide-ranging ability to make decisions on a broader spectrum of issues. For instance, if activated, a durable power of attorney can pay the principal’s debts or make healthcare decisions on behalf of the principal. A critical feature of a durable power of attorney to note: It does not expire until you revoke it. Until then, the durable power of attorney can continue making decisions for you.
Contact Us for Your Free Consultation Appointment
We encourage every Melbourne, Florida resident to execute a power of attorney now, rather than waiting until illness or injury strikes. We understand thinking about contingency plans can be stressful or demoralizing but try not to think of a power of attorney in this manner. Instead, consider it an investment for your future. A limited or durable power of attorney guarantees that you will be taken care of and protected by someone you trust and saves your loved ones many headaches and much uncertainty. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
The best time to establish power of attorney is long before any event occurs that would require its use. Call the Law Office of J. Scott Lanford today for a free consultation in Melbourne, FL at (321) 728-9898 .
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