As you go through life, the longer you live, the more you realize that there may be times when you can't make decisions for yourself. You need someone to do that for you. This includes paying bills, managing assets and handling your health care decisions.
Assigning someone as a power of attorney, someone you trust to make decisions for you, is something that you really need to think about. Whom do you truly trust? Who will make the best decisions for you? This person must be someone you believe will be able to compassionately make decisions on your behalf.
At the law firm of Garton & Harris we have over thirty years of experience in this area. Perhaps you need to place a power of attorney and need to write down what kind of decisions this person will make on your behalf. Or maybe you are a power of attorney and need to know what your next steps are going to be.
Perhaps the person is incapacitated for a short period of time and need his or her bills paid and assets managed. Maybe the power of attorney is for a long period of time and you need a game plan for the long run. We can help with both scenarios.
If you don't have power of attorney in place, your family members will have to apply for a Court Order so that they can look after you. It is costly, straining and time-consuming for your loved ones. What happens if you need life saving medical intervention and no one has the right to approve it?
Getting us involved before the worst happens is a positive step in the right direction.