Powers Of Attorney Designations In North Carolina
An estate plan addresses more than just your wishes for how to handle your assets after you die. Most of them 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, P.L.L.C., serving Durham, Chatham, Orange, Wake, Granville, Alamance and Person counties, can help you address 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 provide 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
Establishing durable power of attorney 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 this power to could use his or her position to take advantage of you. Ellis Family Law attorneys can help you designate someone you trust to guard your legal rights and best interests in the event you cannot do so on your own.
Power Of Attorney For Health Care Decisions
We provide a comprehensive document known as a health care power of attorney that goes well above the most current statutory guidelines that incorporate 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 health care institution will release information to the agent whom 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 (Durham) or 919-679-9400 (Pittsboro), or complete our online contact form to schedule a consultation. An experienced lawyer is ready to help you craft a plan that meets your unique needs.