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What Are the Benefits of Having a Durable Power of Attorney?

By May 21, 2021November 21st, 2023No Comments
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As you’re getting older, you’re starting to think about who is going to help you manage your health, your finances, and your everyday life when you no longer can. You know you need certain legal documents in place to ensure that your wishes are fulfilled and things are going the way you planned them.

With a durable power of attorney, you can have this. Here are some benefits of having a durable power of attorney.

Someone Will Look Out for You if You’re Incapacitated

If you have a normal power of attorney in place, then it will end if you become incapacitated. But if you have a durable power of attorney in place, then the POA will continue should you become incapacitated. If you get sick or you get into an accident and can longer function, then the durable power of attorney could come into play.

You Will Have Control

When you become incapacitated and you don’t have any legal documents completed, then the state will determine who oversees your care, your finances, and other matters. However, with a durable POA, you’ll have control over who is making decisions on your behalf. They will need to follow what’s in the POA as well. Even though it may seem like you don’t have any control because you’re incapacitated, a POA gives you the most control possible in that situation.

You’ll Put a Stop to Family Drama

If you don’t have a POA or other legal documents in place, it could cause a lot of drama and conflict amongst your loved ones. But with a durable POA, you and your family can avoid all that because the decisions have already been made.

Contacting an Attorney

If you need help with a durable POA, you can contact the estate planning attorneys at Legacy Law Group in Eastern Washington, Spokane Valley, and Spokane itself. Get in touch with us at (509) 315-8087.

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