Powers of Attorney
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A Power of Attorney is a legal document you use to allow another person to act for you. You create a legal relationship in which you are the principal and the person you appoint is the agent. A Power of Attorney specifies the powers you give to your agent. The powers can be limited or broad.
For example, if you are selling your house, but unable to attend the closing, you can give someone the power just to sign the deed in your absence.
Most durable powers of attorney, however, give your agent the power to do almost anything you could do.
The Need for a Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney can be very helpful to you and your family. If you were unable to handle your own affairs as a result of illness, accident, or even absence, the Power of Attorney gives your agent the power to handle your affairs as you would handle them yourself. You might not be able to execute a Power of Attorney at a time when you are disabled due to an accident.
If you are unable to handle your own affairs and have no Power of Attorney, your spouse or family may have to petition the Probate Court to appoint a Conservator for you. The Conservator would have to post bond, file an inventory, and prepare accountings. Sometimes this is unavoidable.
However most people prefer to avoid the expense of probate court by naming their own agent and signing a Power of Attorney.
At Connelly Law Offices, we can guide you in the right direction and act on your behalf.
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