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Powers of Attorney

Prince George’s County Estate Planning Attorney

Due to illness or injury, a situation may arise where you are unable to make decisions for yourself. This is sometimes an unfortunate consequence of the failing health that can come with age. It can also occur in entirely unexpected circumstances, as the result of an accident or sudden disease. It is important to make sure your interests are protected even when you cannot make decisions on your own. A power of attorney is a legal document that grants the authority to a trusted individual to make decisions for you, should the need arise. Taking matters into your own hands and granting power of attorney to someone you trust can help ensure that your interests are protected, no matter what.

To learn more about powers of attorney and how to get started, call (301) 329-2189. Our Prince George’s County estate planning lawyer can provide the knowledgeable insight you need.

General vs. Limited Powers of Attorney

In Maryland, there are two primary types of powers of attorney:

  • A general power of attorney grants another person (known as the agent or attorney-in-fact) the authority to act for you (the principal) in all business, financial, and personal matters.
  • A limited power of attorney grants another person the authority to act for you only in specific ways or for a specific period of time, as defined in the document.

A Medical Power of Attorney is called an advance directive and will pertain to health care decisions and end-of-life care. The agent named by a power of attorney has a legal obligation to act in the best interests of the principal. By creating a general or limited power of attorney, you can feel confident that your interests will be well-protected in regard to financial decisions, your business, and your personal concerns.

Helping Clients with Powers of Attorney in Upper Marlboro & Beyond

Creating a power of attorney can be complicated. You want to be sure the document will hold up in court and that the powers are specifically defined, so as to leave nothing open to interpretation. Prince George’s County estate planning attorney E. Regine Francois can help you create the right power of attorney for your unique situation and needs.

Contact our offices at (301) 329-2189 today to find out more about creating a power of attorney.

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