Durable Power of Attorney | Orlando
Many people avoid preparing for the stage in their lives when they are no longer capable of making their own decisions. This includes medical and financial decisions. However, assigning a person to handle your medical and financial choices protects you in the event you become incapacitated. Attorney Aubrey Harry Ducker Jr. understands the preparation of a guardianship or Durable Power of Attorney can be challenging. We will advise you through the process and ensure your documents follow Florida law.
What Decisions Can a Durable Power of Attorney Make?
A Durable Power of Attorney continues past when a person becomes incapacitated when an individual can no longer make their own decisions. The wording must be very specific to clarify that the legal document is for a Durable Power of Attorney, which is why it is important to have the assistance of a lawyer when creating the legal documents. The individual who makes the document can keep the legal acts broad or quite specific. According to The Florida Bar, examples of what an Orlando Power of Attorney may become responsible for include the following:
- Managing bank accounts
- Signing contracts
- Selling property
- Making healthcare decisions
- Signing legal documents on the maker’s behalf
What to Consider When Choosing Your Power of Attorney
If you do not choose an agent as your Durable Power of Attorney, the court can select an individual to be your guardian. This can cost your family upwards of $1,000 (not including guardian’s visits). However, a guardian may not always act in your best interests. Instead, make sure you choose a person that you’ll trust in the future. This individual should be someone who:
- You know can make financial decisions in your best interest
- Is capable of handling the day-to-day affairs
- Understands what choices you would be likely to make if you could
- Is someone who can interact with your family without conflict