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A Guide to Power of Attorney in Gilbert, AZ

Did you know estate planning can benefit you while you’re still alive? This is especially true of legal documents called powers of attorney, which enable you to authorize other individuals to make important decisions on your behalf.

Along with the creation of wills and trusts, Walk-In Wills can also help our clients make decisions regarding powers of attorney. These documents actually come in two distinct forms, both of which can protect you, your assets, and your loved ones should the unthinkable happen:

Financial Power of Attorney

Giving another person financial power of attorney allows them to make financial decisions on your behalf. For instance, the person may be able to access your financial accounts to pay bills and cover expenses. They may also be able to sell property to settle outstanding debts if necessary.

Setting up a power of attorney is crucial in the event you experience a major illness or injury and you’re unable to handle financial matters on your own. By naming a person ahead of time, you can rest assured that your finances will be in good hands even when you cannot manage them directly.

Medical Power of Attorney

You can also give another party authority over healthcare decisions by creating a medical power of attorney. This legal document allows the person you authorize to make medical decisions should you become incapacitated by illness or injury. In general, a person with medical power of attorney will have a say in the following decisions:

  • Whether healthcare staff can perform life-sustaining procedures, such as CPR
  • If and how long you can be placed on mechanical ventilation or receive sustenance via a feeding tube
  • Whether you allow treatments to help organ function, such as dialysis
  • Whether you wish for your organs to be donated after your passing
  • Whether you wish to receive palliative care, which makes patients comfortable but does not prolong their lives

Many people combine medical powers of attorney with living wills, which provide explicit instructions on end-of-life healthcare decisions. This ensures that medical staff and family members know your exact wishes when it comes to important care.

How to Establish Powers of Attorney

Like many other estate planning processes, establishing powers of attorney can be complex. That’s why we encourage you to contact an attorney at Walk-In Wills today to get help with the process. We approach every client backed by more than two decades of experience. We also offer our services in a calm, soothing office environment.
If you live in Gilbert, Scottsdale, or Apache Junction, AZ and would like to learn more about our firm, please contact us today. You can also schedule a free initial consultation by calling (480) 470-7000.

Schedule a free consultation at our office today by calling (480) 470-7000. You can also contact us to learn more about our firm and what we can do for you.