Powers Of Attorney Designations In North Carolina

An estate plan does not only have to address what you want to happen to your estate after you die. It can also include powers of attorney designations, which can name other people to make important decisions on your behalf if you cannot.

Granting someone power of attorney is not something you should take lightly. The lawyers of Ellis Family Law in Durham, North Carolina, can help you think through all of the important questions as part of creating your estate plan.

What Does a Power of Attorney Grant?

In North Carolina, a durable power of attorney allows you to give control over the day-to-day financial aspects of your life, such as paying your monthly bills, in the event you become incapacitated. They can be as general or specific as you direct.

A durable power of attorney designation could give someone authority to:

  • Decide what medical treatment you receive, including which doctors you see and which medication you take
  • Make decisions regarding end-of-life care and whether you should live in a nursing home
  • Pay your bills and handle other financial matters such as managing your investments and charitable donations
  • Perform real estate transactions such as selling your house or renting you an apartment

A durable power of attorney form is an important part of the estate planning process. It is also a position that could be exploited, however. A relative, friend or anyone else you grant the power to could use his or her position to take advantage of you. Ellis Family Law attorneys can help you designate someone whom you trust to guard your legal rights and best interests in the event you cannot on your own.

We provide a comprehensive document known as a healthcare power of attorney that goes well above the most current statutory guidelines that incorporates what can also be known as a living will, advance directive, and final wishes. Our document also includes a redundant HIPAA release to ensure that every healthcare institution will release information to the agent that you name.

Call Ellis Family Law before Making any Decisions

To learn more about power of attorney designations and how you can safeguard your rights, call 919-688-9400 or contact Ellis Family Law online to schedule your consultation. An experienced lawyer in Durham is ready to sit down with you and help you craft a plan that meets your unique needs.

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