New York City Elder Law Attorney
Assisting clients in setting up a
Power of Attorney
Unfortunately, there are situations in which people are no longer able to make decisions for themselves. Whether due to a tragic accident, the aging process, or a medical condition, the ability to care for oneself can be gone in an instant. When planning for the future, one of the most important steps in one’s life is to decide how to be cared for when you can’t care for yourself. In order for you to live your life according to your wishes if you cannot communicate for some reason, it is important to consider creating a durable power of attorney and clear healthcare directives. By doing so, you can ensure that your wishes are followed when you are incapacitated. If you need a compassionate legal team to guide you through the process, contact The Levoritz Law Group for a consultation.
What is a power of attorney?
If you are not able to speak for yourself because of a mental or physical problem, a power of attorney is a legal document that provides the authority for another person to act in your stead. This “agent” can be anyone you choose, including a friend, family member, or even a business entity. To create a legally enforceable agent to act for you, a power of attorney must be conveyed in writing and signed before a notary public.
Types of power of attorney
There are numerous types of power of attorney in the state of New York that provide specific rights to the agent.
- General power of attorney: Authorizes a person to conduct the same actions you would perform. This can include filing taxes, executing contracts, and borrowing money.
- Limited power of attorney: Authorizes the agent to take certain actions of your choosing. This can include or not include anything you choose
- Durable power of attorney: Allows a person to act for you when you are incapacitated and are not able to convey your end of life care. They can ensure that your wishes for medical care are followed and even take care of finances according to your directions.
- Springing power of attorney: Becomes effective after a triggering event, including your medical or physical disability.
Why do I need a power of attorney?
Creating a power of attorney is important for you and your family. While many have a valid will, they do not always have a plan in place for when they are incapacitated. A power of attorney allows you to choose the person to make decisions for you when you cannot. Without a power of attorney, a court may have to decide who takes care of your affairs. Because the process can be complicated and stressful, it would be best to consider your options while you can.
Contact The Levoritz Law Group
Preparing for the future is an important step. Though you may have executed a will and prepared your estate for the inevitable, it is always a good idea to prepare for the unexpected. Some of the things for you to consider include choosing a power of attorney agent and setting up a living will. If you need a compassionate and knowledgeable law firm to guide you through these matters, contact The Levoritz Law Group for a consultation.