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Powers of Attorney

Accidents or a devastating illness can strike at any time, and while most people prefer to focus on the positive aspects of life, preparing for an emergency is the first step for planning for the future. What if an unexpected situation left you or a loved one unable to make financial or health care decisions? Who would you turn to? In your mind, the choice may be obvious, but in the eyes of the law, things are not so cut and dry. 

A spouse or child may have differing views than a parent or sibling when it comes to handling your financial or health care wishes. The unfortunate truth is that not having a power of attorney will only lead to costly court appointments to resolve the matter, even if your family members are not at odds. 

What are Powers of Attorney?

A power of attorney is a simple document that appoints a person to handle your affairs in the event that you are unable to. Accidents, failing health or a number of other factors can lead to a person needing a power of attorney, and if that unfortunate situation ever arises, being prepared will only make life easier for your family. The documents do not have an expiration date and will remain effective as long as the principle person is alive. Elder Law of California, however, recommends that power of attorneys be revisited every three to five years, just in case life situations change and a new person needs to be added or removed from the document.

Types of Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney falls into two categories, with the Health Care Directive having an additional clause:

Power of Attorney for Assets

A financial power of attorney handles a person’s assets and any other financial matters like going to the bank, signing checks or making purchases.

Power of Attorney for Health Care

A health care power of attorney is responsible for making medical decisions like the type of care to be received or deciding on any life and death matters.

HIPPA Document

A Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act "HIPPA" document allows doctors to release information to those to have Powers of Attorney.

Visit Elder Law for a Free Consultation Today!

At Elder Law Services of California, we specialize in drafting power of attorney documents and helping our clients prepare for the future. If you are ready to learn more about the process of appointing a power of attorney or would like to receive a FREE consultation, give us a call at (855) ELDER LAW.

Serving Our Community Since 1995

Elder Law Services of California, APLC provides the same strategic planning and legal representative of larger firms, yet in a personalized, family-like manner. Our priority is to provide the highest level of legal services and client satisfaction when representing your Medi-Cal Planning, Estate Planning, Trust Administration, or Probate cases. Above all, we understand the importance of you and your family’s financial future and legal security.

Our team of Attorneys and legal support staff have assisted thousands of different families by giving them the freedom to plan for the security of their future, while also providing peace of mind with our experienced legal advice. As our name, Elder Law Services of California, APLC serves all families in California, with convenient locations throughout Los Angeles, as well as locations in Northern California, and San Diego.

Whether you need to qualify for Medi-Cal, pay for long-term care, create an estate plan and powers of attorney, proceed a conservatorship, protect your assets, or deal with the loss of a loved one, our team is there for you every step of the way. Sadly, many families are unprepared for any significant planning for their future, so take the first step today to protect your family’s integrity.

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