Why Do I Need a Des Moines Power of Attorney Lawyer?
When creating a power of attorney, two things are critical: appointing a person you wholeheartedly trust to act as your agent, and hiring a lawyer who can competently craft your power of attorney. Failing to check both of these boxes may put the validity and efficacy of the document in jeopardy.
Common Types of Powers of Attorney
As you can imagine, there are various types of powers of attorney that an individual can create, though perhaps the two most common types of powers of attorney are as follows:
- Financial power of attorney: A financial power of attorney will give a trusted individual (known as the agent) the right to make certain key financial decisions on your behalf while you are unable to do so on your own. These decisions can include managing your bank account, handling your tax returns, managing your business (if applicable), and more.
- Healthcare power of attorney: A healthcare power of attorney will give the agent you appoint the right to make certain medical decisions on your behalf, should you be unable to do so on your own.
A living will is something that many people write up to document their wishes for life-sustaining treatments if they are ever in a terminal condition, such as a vegetative state. In this case, some people would prefer to be kept alive, while others would wish to not be placed on ventilators or feeding tubes if those treatments would only ultimately prolong death. Of course, nobody ever wants to imagine such a thing happening, drafting a living will while you are still capable can ensure that your wishes are carried out, should such a situation ever arise.
Contact a Des Moines Power of Attorney Lawyer
Powers of attorney and living wills are very important documents that should be a part of every estate plan, and our firm is here to help you create one. Contact Herting Law, PLLC today so we can get started.