Who will handle your financial affairs if, for some reason, you no longer can? Who will make medical decisions for you if you become incapacitated? Without a power of attorney in place, important decisions that will affect your life could be left up to the court or whomever the court decides to put in charge of your care. Not many Pennsylvania residents would be happy about that.
What is a power of attorney? What can it do for me? When should I think about getting one?
A power of attorney is a legal document in which you name a person to act as your personal representative. There are two main types of POA: financial and health care. The same person can be named to handle both, or you can name one individual to handle your financial affairs and another to take charge of your medical care. You do what feels right for you.
Having a power of attorney in place can simply grant you peace of mind. You'll know that you have a person or persons in place, whom you trust, ready to handle your affairs if that ever becomes necessary. Why wait to have that kind of peace of mind? A POA is something you can get whenever you feel ready, but better sooner rather than later.
If you have questions about a power of attorney, feel free to ask. Legal counsel will be able to answer any questions you have on the subject and help you set one up when you are ready. To learn more about this topic and how an experienced Pennsylvania-based attorney can help you with a POA, please take a moment and visit our firm's website.