Melville, NY, Power of Attorney Lawyer

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Power of Attorney in Melville

Are you worried about what will happen to your finances if you become incapacitated? Who will step in and make sure that you stay up to date with your financial obligations, such as your mortgage and health insurance payments? You can plan for the future by drafting a power of attorney. Then the agent you name will be in charge of your finances. Without such a document, you could make serious financial mistakes that jeopardizes your future. By the time people take notice and go to court for guardianship, it might be too late to right the ship, impacting your lasting legacy. A spouse is not automatically your power of attorney and cannot act in the case of your incapacity.

Our Melville, NY, power of attorney lawyer can help you draft a legally binding document that lists an agent and the powers you’d like to grant. The document will allow a seamless transfer of power in the case of incapacity. Contact us today to discuss adding a power of attorney to your estate plan.

Power of Attorney Options

Powers of attorney come in numerous forms. Our Melville, NY, power of attorney lawyer can assist with a:

  • Durable power of attorney
  • General power of attorney
  • Limited power of attorney
  • Springing power of attorney


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  • Small Firm with Big Firm Assets – As a small firm, you can expect hands-on, customized service with us. At the same time, our assets are comparable to a much larger firm, so we have the resources to help clients of varying and even challenging needs.
  • Bilingual Support – With both English and Spanish-speaking staff and attorneys, you’ll feel at home at our firm.

Which Power Of Attorney Is Right For You?

Your Melville, NY, power of attorney lawyer will discuss your goals with you to determine the right document. If you need someone to handle tasks while you’re of sound mind, your attorney might recommend a limited or a general power of attorney. You can tailor a power of attorney as broadly or narrowly as you want.

Even so, it’s important to choose an agent that you trust, and you should discuss your wishes in advance. Your lawyer will explain this in greater detail when helping you draft the document.

What Happens If You Don’t Have A Power Of Attorney?

If you become incapacitated without a power of attorney in place, your family may have to petition the court for guardianship. You’ll then undergo an interview and home visit with a court evaluator, who will make a recommendation to the court.

If the court decides you need a guardian, one of two things will happen. First, the judge can appoint a friend or family member who wishes to take on the role. However, if no one volunteers, the court can choose a guardian.

As you can imagine, this is a difficult process for everyone involved. You can spare yourself and your family the emotional trauma by having a power of attorney in place. Thus, contact our Melville, NY, power of attorney lawyer today to learn more.

Who Can Serve As The Agent?

You can choose any adult aged 18 or over to be your agent. That means you can choose a family member, friend, or even your spouse. It’s a good idea to select an agent that lives close to you, so he or she will be nearby if action is required. Additionally, you need to select a person you trust to make these decisions.

Because the document is so important, you should also consider adding a backup agent. This person can step in if the other person is not available. Your Melville, NY, power of attorney lawyer can provide assistance to help you select an agent and backup agent.

Choosing Someone To Make Medical Decisions

A Melville, NY, power of attorney lawyer can help you designate someone to manage your healthcare if you become incapacitated. Instead of using a power of attorney, you’ll need a health care proxy, which is similar to a power of attorney. You’ll name an agent to act on your behalf, and the person will have the authority to do so if you become incapacitated. Contact our firm to discuss a health care proxy, power of attorney, and other documents to include in your estate plan.

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