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. He will advise you through the process and ensure your documents follow Florida law.
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:
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:
As long as you are in a stable state of mind, you are able to appoint a Power of Attorney. This is often associated with the elderly. Military members often set up a Power of Attorney before going on active duty overseas. Once you have designated a Power of Attorney you can cancel the appointment by destroying the document and drafting a new one. Furthermore, if the Durable Power of Attorney is appointed for health care decisions, it can also be written so that it ends when the person recovers to full health and mental capacity.
Selecting a Durable Power of Attorney may seem like a task for the future. However, you never know when your life will be changed by an illness or accident. If you find yourself in a position where you can not make medical or financial decisions, you will need someone you trust to handle your matters. If you have questions about your estate planning, including designating a Durable Power of Attorney, contact Attorney Aubrey Harry Ducker Jr. He can meet you at our offices, your home, or at a location most convenient to you.
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