POA & Guardianship Articles
You planned ahead and were named power of attorney, but why won’t they accept it? Know the three main reasons why financial institutions might prevent you from accessing your loved one’s accounts.
A lawsuit brought against legendary singer Glen Campbell, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, highlights the serious responsibilities that develop when we delegate authority with a POA.
Appointing someone to manage your finances and medical care is a serious decision. Before settling on an agent, consider how they might handle these responsibilities and the major consequences their actions could have.
Power of attorney forms are widely available from online sources but while some are better than others, there are some key points that you should take into consideration before going that route.
When you become your parents' financial power of attorney, you now have two sets of finances -- your own -- and your parents' to manage. It can quickly become overwhelming.
It is crucial to engage in proper legal planning with family members while they are still of sound mind. An elder law attorney outlines competency criteria that must be met in order to obtain valid legal documents before a crisis strikes.
When "principal" (the person signing the the power of attorney) dies, the POA terminates. To draw money from the account, you must have a different type of legal authority. .
If an aging loved one has not named a power of attorney and is losing their ability to think clearly and handle aspects of their daily life, it might be time to seek guardianship.
An advance care directive is one of the most important legal documents that anyone can make to ensure that their preferences regarding healthcare are carried out in the event that they are no longer able to make decisions for themselves.
Understand the terms that are used and what each legal document stands for.
If one becomes incapacitated or incompetent without preparing this essential document, family and friends will not be allowed to make many important decisions on their behalf.
If your father's Alzheimer's disease has progressed to the point that he is unable to understand the concept of giving you the right to make his financial decisions, it is too late for him to sign a Power of Attorney (POA).
Getting a durable power of attorney (DPOA or POA) sometimes costs nothing and can be done for free.
If your mother is no longer able to provide care for your father and he is not competent to sign a durable power of attorney, petition the court to appoint a legal guardian and conservator.
You can only pass a POA of an elderly parent to a sibling, if there is an authority in the Power of Attorney for the agent (the person given powers under a POA) to delegate powers to another person.
Many people, like your elderly aunt, are afraid to deal with wills, powers of attorney, etc. because they think it makes it more likely that something bad will happen to them.
Take a look at your healthcare directives. Think they're pretty solid? There could be something in them that could cause a lot of grief down the road.
Most power of attorney (POA) documents have an alternate or "successor" power of attorney who is appointed to serve in the place of the originally appointed one, in case he/she can't serve or...
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