A power of attorney (POA) is an instrument in which a person obtains consent to make decisions for another person. There are several types of POAs that serve various purposes.
What Is A Health Care/Medical Power Of Attorney
A health care or medical power of attorney outlines your preferences for your medical care in the event you are unable to make decisions for yourself. It can also contain information regarding organ donation preferences and provide authority for making funeral arrangements. Additionally, in Illinois, a medical POA can allow the person (or people) you appoint to obtain your medical records upon your death.
The Kinds Of Powers Of Attorney We Prepare
Some other types of powers of attorney include:
- Property power of attorney
- Educational power of attorney
- Mental health power of attorney
- Financial power of attorney
- General power of attorney
- Durable power of attorney
- Limited power of attorney
At the law firm of Leonard F. Berg, Attorney at Law, we have helped countless clients draft powers of attorney over the past 30-plus years. We can provide you with sound advice and explain all of your options in a language you can understand.
There are many misconceptions about powers of attorney. Too often, people believe that drafting a power of attorney before they have a medical condition or disability would be premature. However, having a plan in place in case the unexpected occurs is important. You should know that by creating a power of attorney, you are not giving up any of your rights today, as POAs are revocable. You can choose whether you want to designate a person you trust as your agent and have the POA immediately go into effect. Or, you can have the POA go into effect in the event that you become disabled and cannot make decisions on your own.
Contact Our Law Firm At Your Earliest Convenience
Having important estate planning documents in place will save your family time, money and emotional hardship. Contact us online, or call 618-216-6681 or toll free at 888-353-6236 and arrange a consultation with our knowledgeable East Alton lawyer handling powers of attorney. We serve clients across the Metro East and the Illinois River Bend.