Designating Durable Powers of Attorney and Other Powers of Attorney
At the Law Offices of Canalia & Clark, LLC, our lawyers have more than 50 years of combined experience helping clients utilize all of the estate planning tools at their disposal, such as wills and trusts, and powers of attorney. We assist clients in designating a person or persons as having power of attorney for various aspects of their lives. This can take away some of the concern of decision making and help you feel comfortable that someone will be looking out for you if you become incapacitated. Having valid powers of attorney may also avoid needless, expensive and time consuming probate court supervised guardianship proceedings if you become incapacitated.
For more information about powers of attorney, contact our skilled estate planning lawyers today.
Powers of Attorney for Health Care
Naming someone as your power of attorney for health care for you is an important decision. This designation allows the identified individual to make decisions about your health care in the event that you cannot communicate your own wishes or understand enough of what is going on in order to make an informed decision on your own. The person who holds your power of attorney for health care must abide by any living will or advance health care directive that you have created, but also can make decisions in your best interests whenever necessary.
Powers of Attorney for Finances and Property
Someone whom you entrust with power of attorney for property and finances has an important job. They will be the one to make decisions and transactions on your behalf that involve your money and your property. It is essential that the person whom you decide should hold this power be close to you and very trusted, as he or she will be responsible for things such as:
- Withdrawing money from bank accounts
- Writing checks and paying bills
- Filing tax returns
- Handling all financial and property paperwork
Trust Your Powers of Attorney Matters to Us
We at the Law Offices of Canalia & Clark, LLC, can help you understand how a durable power of attorney, medical power of attorney and/or financial power of attorney may be appropriate for you. If you are in Chicago, Cook County or Will County, Illinois, or Lake County, Indiana, call 708-251-0566 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. A member of our legal team can make home, hospital or nursing home visits in order to accommodate our clients.