In Palm Beach and under Florida law, a power of attorney is a legal document that empowers one individual with authority from another. A person who has power of attorney privileges can act on the other individual’s behalf with regard to matters aside from healthcare.
The authority granted in a power of attorney can vary based on the wording inside the document. A power of attorney can be quite broad, but it can also be limited to certain powers.
Some of the common activities described in a power of attorney include:
- The opportunity to sell property like a home or car
- Making financial decisions and transactions
- Allowing other people to sign a contract on your behalf
- Allowing the appointed individual to sign other legal documents on your behalf
Since the privileges within a power of attorney can be wide-ranging, it should only be crafted by a knowledgeable and experienced estate planning attorney. At Blatt Legal, our experience drafting Palm Beach power of attorney documents and throughout the state of Florida will help ensure the document will be honored in the necessary situations.
Aside from a general power of attorney, there’s another document known as a durable power of attorney that should be drafted as well. In the event that an individual becomes incapacitated, all limited and general powers of attorney in place for that individual terminate automatically. A durable power of attorney, however, can stay in place even during incapacitation so long as it has been created properly. This is why it’s so important to rely on our expertise to help craft the documents that address your needs and concerns.
To help you determine which documents are most appropriate for you, we factor in your objectives, goals, and values to provide you with comprehensive and tailored documents that give you peace of mind and confidence that your future is adequately protected. Power of attorney documents may be an important part of your overall planning.
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