Utilize Powerful Legal Tools To Protect Yourself And Your Loved Ones
No one likes to imagine a situation in which they cannot make or communicate important decisions for themselves, but this is a reality each of us should be prepared for. Incapacity is common and can be the result of advanced age, mental conditions like dementia or even a serious accident.
The best thing you can do for yourself and those you love is to have a plan in place. At Cooper & Cooper, Attorneys at Law, LLC, our attorneys can guide you through the process of designating power of attorney. We can also help you understand your options for seeking guardianship or conservatorship over a loved one who needs care and assistance.
Entrusting Your Care To Others Through Power Of Attorney
Giving another person “power of attorney” means that you grant them some limited rights in governing your affairs. There are various types of power of attorney agreements, including granting another authority in matters such as medical decisions, real estate transactions, or even day-to-day bills and payments. Because of the risk of incapacity that comes with aging, many people include the power of attorney designations as part of their larger estate plan. If you are concerned about your health and want to ensure that major decisions are left to someone you trust, do what is best and designate power of attorney to protect your assets and your family. Creating or updating your estate plan is an especially good idea after major life changes like divorce or custody proceedings.
Assistance With Seeking Guardianship And Conservatorship In Alabama
One reason designating power of attorney is important is that it can prevent family members from going through the much more involved process of seeking guardianship or conservatorship after incapacity has already occurred. In Alabama, guardianship refers to being granted decision-making authority over someone else’s care and well-being, while conservatorship is control over someone’s estate. The person being cared for is either someone who lacks capacity or someone who is a minor.
If you have a loved one in need of care and you need the legal authority to provide that care, our attorneys can guide you through the processes of establishing conservatorship and guardianship.
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If you’d like to learn more about the power of attorney or any related legal matter, contact Cooper & Cooper, Attorneys at Law, LLC, to schedule your initial consultation. We are based in Auburn and Phenix City, and we serve the surrounding areas of Alabama, including the counties of Lee, Chambers, Russell and Macon. You can contact us online or call 334-521-2735.