Principled Power of Attorney Lawyer Serving Mount Vernon & Skagit County Families
A power of attorney is a legal document permitting someone else to make certain decisions on your behalf. These decisions typically relate to healthcare, finances, property, and/or childcare. Powers of attorney are enacted in the event you can no longer communicate your wishes. Attorney Jayne Marsh Gilbert can help you decide who should speak for you and in what capacity when the time comes.
The Nuances of Powers of Attorney
Most people don’t realize how versatile powers of attorney can be. For example, you can create a power of attorney for a specific action, such as signing tax documents for one tax season. Conversely, a durable power of attorney essentially lasts forever, including in the event that you become incapacitated.
You can be as detailed or vague in your power of attorney as you wish. Some people create a power of attorney designating their financial planner to handle their monetary assets and then a separate one for their spouse that allows him or her to make medical decisions or sell your property on your behalf.
Do I Need an Estate Planning Attorney?
You do not need a lawyer to draft a power of attorney for you, but we highly recommend it, especially for matters concerning valuable assets. You want to be absolutely certain the power you grant to someone else only covers what you want it to and doesn’t give them more control than you’re comfortable with. We have helped countless clients establish powers of attorney and will advise you to make the best decisions for yourself and your family.