We all want to know that we will be taken care of, and our wishes will be honored, when we are seriously ill or incapacitated. Thankfully, there are legal options for establishing these kinds of directions for your healthcare and finances, and your local Renton family lawyer will be able to help you get these protections in place. A durable power of attorney is a document that designates a person you choose to act on your behalf, when you are unable to due to illness or injury. This is considered a basic part of any comprehensive estate plan, and is a critical document in protecting yourself and your family, especially for non-traditional relationship and family structures.
You may choose to appoint someone you trust to make your healthcare decisions for you, and this is also known as an advanced healthcare directive, or medical power of attorney. While this choice is a personal one, you will need a qualified family lawyer to assist you with completing and filing these forms, and ensuring they are enforced. You may also choose to appoint the same person, or a different person, to handle your financial affairs if you are unable to, and this is known as a financial power of attorney. Depending on your family, you may want to choose your spouse or partner to act as both, but if you have questions about this process, Nored Law can give you guidance.
When you’re ready to establish a durable power of attorney for your finances or healthcare, come to our firm and request your free consultation!