Powers of Attorney

Powers of Attorney in York & ShrewburyIf you should become incapacitated you want to make certain that your physical and financial health will be properly managed by someone you trust. One way to protect yourself is by creating documents called powers of attorney.  These documents enable someone you choose to make decisions for you while you are unable to do so yourself. The estate planning attorneys at Hoffmeyer & Semmelman will help you draft the appropriate powers of attorney for you. Contact us today to make certain you have the legal protection you require.

Types of Powers of Attorney

There are a number of types of powers of attorney and other documents that allow you to provide the ability for others to make decisions for you during life. The appropriate kind of document will depend on your circumstances and desires. When you come to our firm, we will explain the various options to you and help you make the best decisions for your future well-being.

Health Care

A health care power of attorney specifically allows another person to make medical decisions for you when you cannot make them for yourself. Having a health care power of attorney not only allows someone to make choices for you during medical emergencies, it helps to make clear your desires should you be seriously injured and left unable to communicate. Another type of document you might consider is a living will. Living wills address what you do and do not want done to keep you alive if you are on your deathbed and cannot make decisions for yourself.

Financial

A financial power of attorney allows another person to make decisions about financial matters on your behalf. These documents are very important should you need someone to pay bills if you are in the hospital and unable to make decisions for yourself. These documents are important for people who become temporarily incapacitated and need someone to keep their finances in order as well as for people who might become permanently incapacitated. If someone is at risk for becoming incapacitated, he should create a financial power of attorney immediately.

Designation for Minor Children

As a parent, it is crucial that you protect your children should you be unable to make decisions for them.  The appropriate documents allow you to appoint others who can make emergency decisions for your children, should you become incapacitated. If you are married and both you and your spouse are injured in a car accident and unable to make decisions, such a document could make all the difference to the well-being of your children.

Powers of Attorney are Critical

It is important to create powers of attorney while you are mentally able to do so. If you become incapacitated or are deemed mentally incompetent, it is too late to create a power of attorney at that point. Not only should you have powers of attorney for yourself, but you might want to consider recommending them to your parents as well.

Let Us Help You with Your Peace of Mind

Powers of attorney provide peace of mind, because they let you know that someone will be available to handle your financial and medical needs if you are unable to do so. Contact the lawyers at Hoffmeyer & Semmelman so we can help you make certain you are protected.

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If you are unable to travel to sign your POA, we might be able to come to you.

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Shrewsbury & York Powers of Attorney
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If you should ever become incapacitated powers of attorney or living wills are a crucial part of protecting both you and your estate.
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