Frequently Asked Questions: Power Of Attorney

The idea of becoming incapacitated is never something we want to think about. But designating someone to take care of your affairs — when you no longer can — may offer peace of mind for you and your family. The experienced estate planning attorneys at Family Legal Center, LLC, know the changing Pennsylvania probate and estate laws and how they can affect your concerns.

To understand the importance of appointing a power of attorney, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions for you.

What is a power of attorney? A power of attorney is a legal document that designates another person to handle your affairs if you become incapacitated. The person appointed will make decisions regarding your health care, finances and your business, depending on the types of documents you choose.

How do I decide who to appoint as my power of attorney? A power of attorney will affect your life and also your family's lives. Appointing someone for this role is personal and paramount, as this person will be responsible for your health care, financial and business decisions. You should choose someone you trust as much as you trust yourself who can make difficult decisions on your behalf.

Are there different documents for a power of attorney? Yes. There are separate documents created for health care, financial and business powers of attorney. You may appoint one person for all documents or a different person for each document.

Do laws change regarding powers of attorney? Yes. Pennsylvania laws have changed in the past, critically impacting the notice requirement and signature pages for powers of attorney documents. An experienced estate planning attorney can review your documents and update them to ensure they are compliant with current laws.

Why do I need an attorney? An experienced estate planning attorney will have deep knowledge of the law and legal process and can address your concerns in preparing a power of attorney. A skilled legal advocate can review your circumstances and offer guidance on what documents are necessary to protect your assets and rights.

Contact Us For Power Of Attorney Assistance

Our attorneys can provide guidance for appointing a loved one to handle your affairs. Schedule an initial consultation to discuss your needs, including any questions regarding the state's probate laws. Call us in Monroeville at 412-843-0957 or toll-free at 877-855-1067. You can also reach us online today.