Setting up powers of attorney in sonoma county
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A t our estate planning firm, we cannot stress enough the importance of creating a power of attorney. A power of attorney appoints a trusted individual (the agent) to act on your behalf and make important decisions for you (the principal). It goes into effect if you were to become incapacitated and unable to make those important decisions for yourself or in times when you are out of the county or generally need someone to act on your behalf.
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By creating this important document in time, you can feel safe in knowing that someone will take over when need be and continue to have your best interests in mind. At Gullotta Law Group, we can assist you in creating a binding power of attorney for your specific needs.
Types of powers of attorney
The different types of powers of attorney in California include::
- General Power of Attorney: Enables someone to act on your behalf and make important decisions for you; however, it becomes void if you are incapacitated.
- Durable Power of Attorney: This document is created and stays in effect even after you become incapacitated. All important decisions are made by the agent you appoint.
- Limited Power of Attorney: Gives authority to the agent to act on your behalf for specific duties within the terms of the document.
- Health Care Power of Attorney: Allows another individual to act on your behalf for all matters regarding your health care needs.
- Springing Power of Attorney: Becomes effective at the occurrence of a specific event: this includes a certain time you want the agent to step in or when you become incapacitated.
When creating a power of attorney, it is important to appoint a trusted individual as your agent. They will be put in charge of acting on your behalf as well as making important decisions for you.
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At Gullotta Law Group, we place a strong importance on effectively communicating with our clients. By keeping them involved throughout the process, we are better able to understand their needs and create a power of attorney that is most tailored towards what they want.
We would be more than happy to discuss your legal needs and get you started towards creating an effective power of attorney. Now is the time to set your POA into place, so that you can be well protected during times in which you need someone to act on your behalf.