Setting up a power of attorney is a vital part of any California estate plan. The reason you want to have a power of attorney in place is because you never know when a serious and incapacitating accident or medical event might happen.
The risk of suffering an incapacitating heart attack, stroke or disabling accident is high enough to warrant taking action now to prepare for such an event. Indeed, if you wait until it is too late, your family members may be forced to jump through a number of legal hurtles in order to take control of your financial and medical affairs following your incapacitation.
At the Law Office of Barbara J. Dibble, we can create a special power of attorney document that is specifically designed to meet you and your family's needs. We will ensure that your power of attorney is appropriately drafted to protect your interests, and we will ensure that your power of attorney document is legally enforceable in court, should its validity ever be challenged.
We can create powers of attorney that provide a specific individual with power over limited parts of your life. We can also create a power of attorney that gives a trusted person complete authority over your affairs. In most cases, as a standard part of an individual's estate plan, we set up a power of attorney that allows you to maintain power over your affairs until -- and only if -- you are declared to be incapacitated by a medical doctor.
Setting up a power of attorney should be the bare minimum of every estate plan. By speaking with a California estate planning attorney, you can find out what options are available to help you create a power of attorney document to perfectly suit your needs.