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Powers of Attorney in Scottsdale

What is power of attorney?

Sometimes one of the wisest things you can do with your estate is to entrust it to a knowledgeable and skilled representative, especially in the event that you become incapacitated in any way. Most people assume that estate planning only involves what happens to your property after death, but that is not always true; it can also involve arranging the handling of your estate while you are still living. In order to allow another person to manage your assets and property while you are living, however, you must first establish power of attorney.

A power of attorney, also referred to as a letter of attorney, is a written and legal authorization for someone else to act on your behalf in regards to handling legal matters, private affairs, business decisions and medical decisions. The person to create the power of attorney, otherwise known as the grantor, can only appoint this position of authority if they are in the right state of mind and have the mental capacity to do so. For example, if the grantor is already experiencing side effects of Alzheimer's disease or has been in an accident and sustained trauma to the head, then the power of attorney cannot be effective. So if the grantor is already incapacitated, no valid power of attorney can be appointed.

Power of attorney gives an individual the legal right to manage your properties, including paying bills, making investments, and handling all other legal business on your behalf if you are unable to be present. This way you can hire an excellent and knowledgeable Scottsdale estate planning attorney to ensure that your estate is in good hands. If you know that you cannot handle your assets as you would like to, or if you want to protect your estate in the event of an accident, contact Grant N. McKeehan today to speak with a lawyer.

Validating a Power of Attorney

In order for a power of attorney authorization to become a legal document, it should be signed and notarized. The document must be signed by the principal, but sometimes their signature alone is not enough to stand in court if it is challenged by a third party. In order to ensure that the document will be considered sufficient in the state of Arizona, you must also have it signed/stamped by a notary public and signed by at least one witness.

Types of Power of Attorney

Every different type of power of attorney has a different definition of scope and range of authority. The varying forms of this document include:

  • Durable power of attorney
  • Health care power of attorney
  • Relationship with advance health care directive
  • Springing power of attorney
  • Standardized forms

One of the most common types is the durable power of attorney. As you know when a grantor becomes incapacitate due to physical injury or mental illness the power of attorney typically becomes null and void. With this type of power of attorney however, the provision of power has durable provisions and the representative maintains the authority to make decisions on the grantor's behalf continuously leading up to the grantor's death.

Consult with a Scottsdale Estate Planning Attorney

Searching for an lawyer to help you appoint a power of attorney in Scottsdale? Through an initial consultation with Attorney Grant N. McKeehan, you could learn even more about why a power of attorney is so important to the protection of your estate, and you could also find out more about estate planning, estate administration and trust administration. Grant gives everything he has to ensure that his clients are cared for and that they understand their situation.

If you are in need of a caring estate planning lawyer who will counsel and guide you through the process of establishing power of attorney, contact Grant N. McKeehan today.

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