Powers Of Attorney

In California, a power of attorney (POA) may be given to one who will be trusted to make decisions and take actions on behalf of another person. It is most often used for either financial or health care decisions, and most often in case a person becomes somehow incapacitated. Farhat Law Firm, in Corona, can assist you in creating a power of attorney for your specific situation and give you the assurance that any decisions will be made by a trusted individual using clear guidelines and instructions.

Power Of Attorney For Health Care Decisions

Power of attorney

When one creates a health directive for end of life care, an agent is appointed to have the authority to carry out those decisions according to the wishes of the individual. This role of agent is equivalent to a power of attorney for health care, which can also include a wide range of decisions on many types of health care choices. Although most commonly used when one has life-threatening health issues, it can also be used for any situation where decision making ability is impaired. These decisions can include:

  • Types of special treatment you want or refuse at the end of life, such as receiving certain kinds of nutrition, medicine or other life sustaining measures
  • Your desire for surgical treatment and diagnostic testing
  • A directive for use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, especially for hospice patients.

Durable Financial Power Of Attorney

This power of attorney gives the agent or attorney-in-fact the ability to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so, including:

  • Payment of expenses
  • Financial and banking transactions
  • Filing and paying taxes
  • Management of investment and retirement accounts
  • Collecting payments under Social Security or other benefit programs

These powers can be useful for one who would like to make provisions in case of illness or disability that would prevent the decision making or taking actions on finances. Without this power of attorney, many actions would require a court decision to transfer a similar authority. It is similar to the role that an agent plays in making health care decisions, and in some cases may be the same person.

Putting Experience On Your Side

Farhat Law Firm understands the sensitivity of assigning responsibility for decision making to another person, and can assist you in selecting the best individual to entrust your health and affairs. Our estate planning lawyers are well versed in the state laws on powers of attorney and can create the documents that you need to enact your wishes and plans. Please contact us for a consultation at 800-391-9168.