Durable POA

  • 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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  • Durable vs. Springing Power of Attorney: What’s the Difference?

    Power of attorney (POA) documents are an important part of a person's legal plans.The way a POA document is written determines when it goes into effect and specifies what powers the agent holds.

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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 why financial institutions hesitate to grant POAs access to accounts and how to 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 rights, responsibilities and limitations come with this designation.

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  • Getting Your Affairs in Order: Preparing for the Possibility of Dementia

    Encouraging aging loved ones to plan ahead legally and financially can make it easier for a trusted individual to step in and help them should they lose the ability to make decisions due to an unexpected diagnosis like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

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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 It Cost to Get a Power of Attorney Document?

    It’s easy to purchase an affordable power of attorney (POA) form online, but this option comes with some risks. An elder law attorney can explain how this tool works, help you avoid pitfalls and customize POA documents to meet your unique needs.

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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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