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Accidents and illness strike down both the young and old, often without warning. Even if your friends and family members know your wishes regarding your personal and financial affairs, they are powerless to assist if you have not properly delegated that authority to them. Furthermore, it is impossible to do this if you are unconscious or incapacitated.
A power of attorney is a legal document that designates a person who will act on your behalf when you are no longer able to do so. You get to determine how much authority is delegated in a power of attorney. It can be limited to a particular issue, or you may authorize your agent to handle all of your personal and financial matters. Regardless of the authority granted, powers of attorney are complex documents that, if not properly drafted, may be misinterpreted or disregarded by those wary of liability.
Without a power of attorney, family members are left pursuing lengthy and costly incompetency proceedings to appoint a legal guardian and conservator. That’s why it is important to plan ahead. Contact the experienced attorneys of Pruitt, Tudisco, & Richardson, P.C., to assist you in preparing for the unexpected.