Unfortunately, there are situations when people are no longer able to make decisions for themselves or adequately communicate their decisions. 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 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, it is important to consider creating a power of attorney (POA). A POA is often thought of when deciding for end-of-life care. For this example, 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. A power of attorney is not limited to healthcare choices. Discussing your situation with an attorney is best. If you need a compassionate legal team to guide you through the process, contact Koplen Law for a consultation.
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.
There are numerous powers of attorney available in the state of New York that provide specific rights to the agent.
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 through a drawn-out guardianship hearing. Because the process can be complicated and stressful, it would be best to consider your options while you can.
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 Koplen Law for a consultation.