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Naming your power of attorney (POA) agent(s) will be critical for your and your family’s legal and financial planning. Without POAs in place, your loved ones may face expensive, time-consuming legal complications if you become incapacitated.

If you feel uncertain about whom to choose, allow our professionals at Trevillian Law to assist you. We are a full-service law firm providing estate planning attorneys for the Severn community and beyond. Our lawyers are passionate and look after our clients’ safety and happiness in all areas of estate planning and administration. They will aid you in arranging your legal and financial affairs with knowledge, professionalism and compassion.

What Does A Power Of Attorney Do?

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A POA allows someone you trust to become an agent acting on your behalf regarding your financial and legal matters in case you are unable to speak for yourself or handle your affairs. A POA agent can be anyone you want – a family member, friend, legal adviser or counselor. They will help when you are unable or unavailable to do tasks like signing legal documents or communicating with banks. Your POA is allowed to sign your name on legal, banking and government documents and communicate with institutions to arrange your benefits.

Types Of Powers Of Attorney

Five primary types of POAs used for different legal purposes include the following:

  1. Durable power of attorney (DPOA): A DPOA takes power once you’ve signed approval. The DPOA’s power ends immediately after you pass away.
  2. Medical power of attorney: This appoints an agent to make your health care decisions regarding treatments, procedures and donations on your behalf if you become incapacitated.
  3. General power of attorney: This type gives an agent wide-spanning authority over your banking, property, bills and contracts as well as the ability to act on your behalf.
  4. Limited power of attorney (LPOA): The opposite of general power, the LPOA (or special power of attorney) has the power to make decisions on your behalf for designated situations and circumstances.
  5. Springing power of attorney: A springing, or conditional, power of attorney only acts on your behalf during specific, sudden or unforeseen circumstances to which it’s designated.

Should You Have One Or More POA Agents?

Whether to appoint someone as a POA agent over your financial assets depends on your situation. POA is a crucial tool for many clients, so it will likely be discussed at some point during your estate planning.

Our lawyers always encourage clients to choose people they trust as their POA agents. Most clients choose a spouse, child, family member or friend who cares about them and will make decisions according to their best interests. Our attorneys recommend speaking with a legal professional while making your decision so that you will have the information you need to make the right choice.

Preparing For All Stages Of Life

You have many POA types to choose from depending on your financial status, health condition and general life circumstances. With many factors to consider, you need an experienced and dedicated legal team fighting for what’s best for you and your situation.

At Trevillian Law, our estate planning team readies clients throughout Severn and the surrounding areas in Maryland for their current and future legal needs.

Get In Touch

When appointing a POA, picking the most responsible, committed and sensible person is essential. Our lawyers will help you put the right person in charge, providing peace of mind and confidence for you and your family. Get in touch with us by calling 410-609-9987 or sending an email inquiry.