Power of Attorney

Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that helps you maintain control when you can’t make your own decisions. When properly executed, It authorizes a person you trust to make important decisions on your behalf. If you’re young and healthy, you probably can’t anticipate a future where you willingly relinquish your rights. When you consult with our estate planning attorneys, they can explain how a POA can be a key element of any estate planning strategy.

Power of Attorney in Washington

When our attorneys execute a power of attorney, it complies with the state’s Uniform Power of Attorney Act. The person named in the POA as the Principal grants authority to another person to act on their behalf. The person named as the Agent or Attorney-in-Fact accepts authority from the Principal. You may designate a trusted friend, relative, or professional, such as an accountant or business manager, to fill this role.

Immediate or Contingent Authority

Depending on your requirements, a POA can grant immediate authority or make your agent’s authority contingent on a future event. These triggering events may include mental or medical incapacity due to coma, Alzheimer’s, or other circumstances. A medical situation may never occur. If it does, your agent must obtain medical certification of your incapacity before taking control of your decisions.

Power of Attorney

Why Would You Need a Power of Attorney?

A POA can prevent your personal affairs from coming to a standstill if an illness or accident incapacitates you. It can also prevent the courts from appointing someone to assume control. Powers of attorney vary in purpose depending on your needs, but they usually fit within two general categories.

Financial Power of Attorney

A financial power of attorney gives your agent wide ranging financial authority. It allows them to access and manage your bank accounts, personal property, real estate, and other assets. You may grant your agent the power to buy, sell, or dispose of personal or real property in your name. They can also write checks, pay your bills, and conduct your banking and other financial activities.

Medical Power of Attorney

When you execute a medical power of attorney, you name an agent to make medical decisions when you can’t make them yourself. Your agent controls your care based on your documented healthcare preferences.

Advance directive: Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

When you execute a healthcare directive, you explain what you want to happen under specific circumstances. Your directive answers questions about resuscitation, surgery, life support, feeding tubes, and other extreme care measures.

A durable POA gives a designated agent the authority to take action based on your directive. It also allows them to review your medical records, deal with insurance carriers, and make decisions about continuing or suspending your treatment.

Mental Health Advance Directive: Durable Power of Attorney for Mental Health Care

A mental health directive functions similarly to a medical healthcare directive. You document your treatment preferences in case a severe mental health condition impairs your judgment or prevents you from communicating. A durable power of attorney allows you to give someone authority to make decisions in line with your directive. They can make choices about medications, hospitalization, and other mental health care treatments.

Contact the Estate Planning Attorneys at Bonin Law

A power of attorney can help you control what happens to your assets if an accident or illness disables you. Contact Bonin Law to learn more about powers of attorney and other estate planning options. You may reach us at (360) 427-7474 or leave a message.
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