'Power of Attorney' Attorneys in Chesterfield, MO

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In order to prepare for a time when you may no longer be able to manage your personal affairs, you may consider creating a power of attorney or durable power of attorney.

A power of attorney is a potentially powerful document which gives someone else—usually a close friend or relative—the ability to act and make decisions as you in the event that you could no longer do it yourself.

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The power of attorney document gives the named person (your agent) a wide range of powers and responsibilities, including writing checks, creating trusts, entering into contracts, and transferring property. This can be helpful in case you are hospitalized or are otherwise physically unable to manage your affairs. In the event you are incapacitated, a durable power of attorney can be granted the same responsibilities.

When you talk to one of our estate planning attorneys, the intricacies and available options of powers of attorney specific to Missouri will be explained to you. In many cases, a power of attorney is necessary in case your health is expected to deteriorate or if you would like to make sure your affairs are responsibly managed in the event of an unforeseen eventuality.

There are many things to consider when thinking about creating a power of attorney, including the following:

  • The agent must be someone you trust absolutely since they will be able to legally make decisions as if they were you.
  • Stipulations may be outlined in the power of attorney document to prevent misuse or abuse of your assets
  • Only a durable power of attorney can make healthcare decisions for you. A durable power of attorney will not expire in the event you are physically or mentally incapacitated.
  • Your agent cannot make, alter, or revoke your will.
  • A “springing” durable power of attorney is one which will only go into effect if you become incapacitated.
  • Powers of attorney can be revoked as long as you are mentally competent.

Because powers of attorney can grant very powerful responsibilities to someone, we strongly advise you see an estate planning attorney when preparing a power of attorney or durable power of attorney. A professional estate planning attorney will make sure that no detail is overlooked which could give an agent more or less power than you desire.

The Chesterfield estate planning attorneys at The Roberts Law Firm are some of the most experienced and knowledgeable attorneys in the Chesterfield and St. Louis, MO area in matters of estate law. When you contact us about powers of attorney, we will make sure you make fully-educated decisions and that everything is prepared in your best interest.

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