San Antonio Power of Attorney
Throughout our lives, we may become unable to make decisions for ourselves due to severe illness, age, or injury. When this happens, it is vital to have an advocate available to make important decisions on our behalf, whether concerning financial matters or making critical healthcare decisions. One way to ensure you have this type of assurance is to have a Statutory Durable or Medical Power of Attorney in place before circumstances ever arrive where you cannot make decisions on your behalf.
The probate attorneys of Bryant Law PC help families throughout South Texas incorporate these important documents within their estate plans.
When Do I Need a Power of Attorney?
Powers of attorney are most often associated with taking care of elderly parents or real estate transactions. However, there may be times in our lives when we need someone to handle critical decisions on our behalf due to incapacitation or disability. These moments could happen at any point in our lifetime and can be unexpected. This is why the sooner you consult with an experienced estate planning attorney or probate lawyer, the better prepared you are for the unexpected.
There are many ways that a legally drafted power of attorney can ensure your matters are taken care of should you need a designated representative to carry out duties and decisions for you:
- Ensure your healthcare premiums and medical bills are paid
- Represent you in matters involving Medicare, Medicaid, or other critical programs
- Transfer property out of your name
- Manage your financial accounts
- Address housing issues with a landlord or mortgage company
- Prepare and file your income taxes
- Make sure doctors follow your advance directives
As you can see, everyday affairs that are as simple as paying bills need to have a person designated to take over these matters if you become unable to do so. A power of attorney allows you to prepare for expected and unexpected eventualities. The attorneys at Bryant Law PC recognize the importance of future planning and have the experience and training to help you put the proper contingencies in place to protect you and your family.
What is a Statutory Durable Power of Attorney?
Texas Estates Code provides a statutory durable power of attorney option that allows you to designate an individual with a broad scope of authority when acting in your name. Our attorneys can help you determine who would serve best in this role and explain the amount of power you can allow them on your behalf in the case of becoming incapacitated or disabled. Giving someone this level of authority comes with significant risk, and we can advise you on this reality before making any final decisions on the matter.
A statutory durable power of attorney is a critical aspect of estate planning that you should take seriously. When thinking about your assets, you need to consider not only what happens to them in the event of your death but how you will manage them if you become disabled at some point in your lifetime. This document can provide stability when you cannot by allowing a trusted friend, family member, or agent to pay your mortgage or manage your investments.
What is a Medical Power of Attorney?
A medical power of attorney is another method for a chosen individual to act on your behalf if you become unable to make healthcare decisions on your behalf. Who you choose to fill this role to represent your best interests could be a family member, an agent, or a close friend. When you have this option put in place, it remains in effect until revoked. You can also control how long it is valid by setting a termination date for it. It becomes effective immediately so that your designated representative can make health decisions for you if your physician certifies that you cannot do so due to incapacitation or disability. You still have the right to object to choices they make and regain control of the decision-making process should you become competent again.
One benefit of a medical power of attorney is your ability to limit the scope of your chosen representative’s authority. They must follow the instructions outlined in your power of attorney document when making decisions. Keep in mind that using broad terms to describe what healthcare issues they control may need further clarification. Working with an experienced probate attorney to better define their role in your care is critical.
The term “healthcare”, when used in a medical power of attorney, could include the following aspects of your medical needs:
When empowered, your agent can agree to health procedures your doctor thinks you need, or they could refuse such care, including life-sustaining treatment. There are limits to what they can consent to on your behalf and if you desire, you can indicate further limitations on what’s permissible.
Additionally, if your designated representative wishes to transfer you to another physician, your current doctor must comply.
Learn More About Your San Antonio Power of Attorney Options
At Bryant Law PC, we provide highly skilled power of attorney services to families throughout South Texas. Our legal team has extensive experience drafting these important documents so that our clients are prepared for the unexpected. With years of estate planning and probate experience, you can feel confident that any power of attorney we create for you will take into account any unique needs you might have. We make it our priority to clearly answer your questions and address any concerns you might have about powers of attorney.
Contact our firm today to discuss our estate planning services.