Durable POA Articles

  • Power of Attorney Explained

    One of the most powerful tools for managing your affairs should you become mentally incapacitated is a durable power of attorney (DPOA). Understand the legal powers and responsibilities of assigning and holding POA.

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  • What Is the Difference Between Durable and Springing Power of Attorney?

    Springing vs. durable POA: Because timing and a principal’s ability to make informed decisions are such important factors, there are two ways to write power of attorney (POA) documents that determine when they become active.

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  • POA: How do I make sure I have the legal authority to make decisions on mom's behalf?

    In order to make most decisions on an aging loved one's behalf, you must be given the legal power to do so. A durable power of attorney is a document your relative executes that gives you specific legal powers to act on his or her behalf.

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  • When POA Isn’t Enough: Other Forms Needed to Act on a Loved One’s Behalf

    Power of attorney documents allow caregivers to advocate for elderly loved ones, but some institutions require additional documentation. See what specific permissions you’ll need to access personal information and make vital decisions.

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  • What to Do When the Bank Refuses a Financial POA Document

    Sometimes even a legally prepared power of attorney (POA) document is refused by the bank. Know the reasons why financial institutions hesitate to grant POAs access to accounts and how you can remedy this situation.

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  • Things You Can and Can't Do With Power of Attorney

    Whether you’ve been named as someone else’s power of attorney (POA) or you’re looking to appoint one for yourself, know what responsibilities and limitations come with this designation.

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  • Stepping In as Alzheimer's Progresses: When the Court Must Decide

    Getting your affairs in order now can help ease the pain of stepping in when a parent's ability to make financial and health care decisions slips away. These important legal and financial documents can help you avoid costly court battles.

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  • Advance Care Directives: Preparations for the Unforeseeable Future

    An advance directive is a legal document that identifies a person’s health care preferences in the event that they become unable to make decisions for themselves. Advance care planning provides invaluable guidance and peace of mind for family members.

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  • The Difference Between POA, Durable POA and a Living Will

    Familiarize yourself with the basic elder law documents that seniors and caregivers need. Create a cohesive legal, financial and medical plan that includes a will, advance directives, and powers of attorney (POA).

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  • How much does a power of attorney (POA) cost?

    Getting a durable power of attorney (DPOA or POA) online can be completed for very little cost. However, the importance of this legal document may warrant hiring an elder law attorney.

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  • Why Your Parents' Finances Are Your Business

    Speaking with your parents about their legal and financial future isn't an easy thing to do. However, a bit of planning and straightforward conversation can help the entire family avoid unnecessary complications during trying times.

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  • Power of Attorney: Whom to Name and What Powers to Give

    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.

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  • Can a caregiver get temporary guardianship over an elder?

    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.

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