News & Resources
Personal Planning Documents: Powers of AttorneyNovember 29, 2017
Back to Blog
While people recognize the importance of estate planning many fail to consider the importance of personal planning documents that are in effect during their lifetime. A power of attorney is a document that appoints a person, called an attorney, to make financial and legal decisions on your behalf. The attorney must be 19 years old and trustworthy, as they have significant power. A person may also appoint multiple people to act as their attorney either unanimously or separately.
There are three different types of power of attorney:
- a general power of attorney which is effective while you are still mentally capable but ends automatically if you become mentally incapable;
- a springing power of attorney which is not effective while you have mental capacity but “springs” into effect once you are no longer mentally capable; and
- an enduring power of attorney which is effective while you are both mentally capable and not mentally capable.
To determine if you need a Power of Attorney make an appointment to speak with a lawyer about your situation.