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What Is a Power of Attorney?

When you start an estate plan there are many forms you need to create in order to protect your assets and ensure your family inherits your property after passing

away. Any good estate plan will include a living trust, pour-over will, powers of attorney and a few other important documents. In today’s blog, we’ll focus on

powers of attorney. Let’s delve a little deeper.


What is a Power of Attorney A durable power of attorney is a document that gives a person (or organization) the power to act on your behalf in legal, financial, business, or healthcare matters.

The document is an effective tool if you are out of the country and unable to attend to various matters (a power of attorney can access your bank accounts,

handle business deals, or make financial choices), physically unable to move, or mentally incapacitated during an accident.

  Type of Power of Attorneys POAs come in two major forms: one for finances and the other for healthcare. The finance POA allows a person to access your bank accounts, business accounts,

and other financial documents. Your power of attorney can represent you in business deals and all other financial matters. Imagine if you are sick or uninjured and

unable to move around with ease—your power of attorney can handle various matters on your behalf while you rest up and get better.   The second type of power of attorney is for health care and is a part of your advanced healthcare directive (a series of documents related to your healthcare

wishes). This document allows a person of your choosing to act on your behalf when it comes to life and death healthcare issues. Image you are incapacitated in

an accident and unable to make choices about how your care should be handled—in that case your healthcare power of attorney will have the authority to make

decision based on your pre-discussed wishes on how the situation should be handled.


  Free Power of Attorney Consultation Remember, powers of attorneys can be revoked at any time or changed without any issues. If your representative moves away, passes away, or no longer wants

to serve, you can change the POA with ease. If you would like more information about powers of attorney or would like to start one, contact ELDER LAW

SERVICES OF CALIFORNIA at (800) 403-6078 for a FREE consultation with an attorney. We look forward to working with you.

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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