Q. What is a Power of Attorney? A. In legal terms, a power of attorney is a legal document that authorizes one person to act on behalf of another. An individual can use his or her power of attorney to sign a binding contract, make medical payments, or obtain banking services.
Q. Who else should I contact if I need more help with my legal problem? A. If you need additional information or advice about your legal situation, you should speak to a lawyer. You should also ask your friends and family for their assistance. If all else fails, you can seek out independent legal advice from libraries that specialize in the particular legal issue you are most concerned about.
Q. How many legal efforts should I conduct in any one calendar year? A. You should generally try to take about one new legal case per calendar year.
Q. Why is a Power of Attorney not considered a legal document, while a Durable Power of Attorney is? A. A Durable Power of Attorney, as its name implies, is one that is intended to last for a certain amount of time – typically five years – and then automatically becomes invalid when the person who granted it dies or the power itself is surrendered.
Q. Can my attorney to make changes to my power of attorney without needing a court order? A. No, your attorney can only make changes to your power of attorney once a court order has been issued under the specific provisions in your legal documents.
Q. Do you have all of the necessary legal documents to take me through the process of establishing a durable power of attorney for someone else? A. Yes, you do. All of the proper forms are completed and filed along with your power of attorney form, which serves as the go-between for your legal and medical needs.
Q. Is hiring an experienced attorney really required to sort out all of my legal issues and manage my legal documents? A. In fact, most of the time it is not, as many people find it unnecessary to hire an attorney and can successfully handle all of their own legal affairs without outside guidance.
Q. Why would I want to fill out a power of attorney form if I already have a health care provider? A. In many instances, people will change their health care providers once they have their own home-based legal advisor. The purpose of the power of attorney form is to ensure that a third party can assist you in legal matters when you are unable to do so on your own.
Q. How do I read and sign this document? A. Once you have obtained a copy of the Power of Attorney document, you should read and sign it carefully before signing it. Even though it may be difficult for you to understand what you are doing at first, it is important that you completely understand what the document says. If you become confused, you could jeopardize the protection that is granted to someone else.
Q. Why do I need a witness? A. When you sign a Power of Attorney, it is not always necessary for a witness to sign as well. If you choose not to have a witness sign the document, then it should be noted in your record that you chose not to have a witness.
Q. How do I prepare for a Power of Attorney? A. If you have already prepared all of the required materials for the signing of legal documents, then it is generally easy to prepare the Power of Attorney itself. If you do not have all of the required materials, then it is very possible for you to select the appropriate documents to include in your Power of Attorney application.