Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a document that allows you to appoint someone (the "Attorney-in-Fact") to handle things for you or on your behalf if you are unable to do so yourself. There are a few different kinds of Powers of Attorney, but the most common is a "durable" power of attorney, which can be used even when the Principal becomes incompetent. We get many calls from adult children needing to obtain a power of attorney over their parent, who is already suffering from dementia. At this point, it is too late to do a Power of Attorney, so instead of being able to a simple inexpesive document, the child must go to Probate Court, sometimes post bond, spend thousands of dollars and be under constant court supervision. If you have a spouse or parent who is starting to degrade mentally, we strongly urge them to obtain a Power of Attorney.