Establishing Powers Of Attorney In The Silicon Valley

A power of attorney (POA) authorizes another person, known as an agent, to legally act in your place. He or she can act as an agent for you during medical, business or monetary purposes, depending on your wishes. The process of appointing a POA can be more complicated than it initially may seem, and you can benefit from the advice and guidance of a lawyer.

At Anastasi & Nielsen, in San Jose, California, we offer professional representation for a broad range of estate planning concerns. We understand your situation is unique, and we will work with you to create a POA that is appropriate to your needs.

Different Options Of POAs To Suit Your Unique Needs

Although POAs are only in effect while you are alive, you don't have to be declared incompetent or be unconscious for it to be in effect. Instead, you can be incapacitated in some other way, such as bedridden or stuck in the hospital and unable to travel.

In California, several options are available for POAs, including any combination of the following:

  • Durable financial power of attorney — This allows the agent to make financial decisions from the point of incapacitation until death. Durable POAs can be changed or revoked at any time.
  • Health care power of attorney — This gives the agent the power to make end-of-life decisions, up to and including terminating life support or medical care. It can be used in conjunction with an advance health care directive (sometimes called a living will).
  • Springing power of attorney — This allows greater flexibility with regard to how and when the agent's authority "springs" into effect, thereby beginning to make decisions on your behalf.

Our Experienced Attorneys Are Ready To Help

With more than 40 years of combined experience and a thorough understanding of California laws, our attorneys can provide the advice and guidance you need when determining POAs. In addition to helping you determine what type best fits your circumstances, we can also provide insight into who could best act as your agent in the event of your incapacitation.

To discuss powers of attorney in Silicon Valley, contact our firm at 408-780-3580 or by email using the online form. Initial consultations are free, and we offer after-hours appointments upon request.