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Mechanicsburg Powers of Attorney and Living Wills

Mechanicsburg Powers of Attorney and Living Wills

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Planning for Unexpected Contingencies

In a comprehensive Pennsylvania estate plan, it is crucial to include one or more powers of attorney. These legal documents designate individuals to make critical financial and healthcare decisions on your behalf in the event of your incapacitation. Without such documents, the court may appoint someone to act in your name, regardless of your personal wishes.

At Keystone Elder Law, P.C., we specialize in assisting clients in drafting various types of powers of attorney, including living wills. As dedicated Mechanicsburg estate planning attorneys, we recognize the importance of having powers of attorney in place when facing critical situations. Our team will guide you through the process, addressing your concerns and ensuring a comprehensive plan.

Understanding Powers of Attorney in Pennsylvania

At its core, a power of attorney is a legal document where one person (the principal) appoints another person (the agent) to make specific decisions on their behalf. There are several types of powers of attorney available, each serving a unique purpose. Here are some common terms you will encounter:

  • Durable Power of Attorney: Normally, a power of attorney remains in effect while the principal is alive and retains full legal capacity. However, you can designate a power of attorney as “durable,” meaning it remains in effect even after your incapacitation. This allows your designated agent to make decisions on your behalf when necessary.
  • Financial Power of Attorney: This type of power of attorney designates an agent to oversee your property and finances, such as managing bank accounts. You can grant broad powers to handle all your assets or limit them to specific financial decisions.
  • Health Care Power of Attorney: Distinct from a financial power of attorney, this document appoints an agent to make critical healthcare decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated.
  • Living Will: A living will serves as an advance directive, instructing healthcare providers on non-emergency medical treatment to prolong your life if you are unconscious and expected to die. It includes guidance on whether to provide artificial nutrition and hydration.

All powers of attorney must comply with specific requirements to be valid under Pennsylvania law. For instance, they must be dated and signed by the principal in the presence of at least two witnesses, neither of whom can be the named agent. Additionally, powers of attorney must be notarized. In the case of a health care power of attorney, the principal’s healthcare provider cannot act as a witness.

Consult Our Mechanicsburg Estate Planning Attorneys Today

Having powers of attorney and a living will provides peace of mind, ensuring that your affairs and wishes will be properly handled by a trusted individual when the need arises. If you require advice or assistance in preparing these essential documents from a qualified Mechanicsburg estate planning attorney, contact Keystone Elder Law, P.C. today to schedule an initial consultation. Our team is ready to guide you through the process and help you secure your future.

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At Keystone Elder Law, we believe that the physical, social, legal, and financial considerations of our clients all intertwine. We utilize an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate each area, which allows for the creation of a plan that addresses the concerns of the individual as a whole as well as the family. To this end, our model of practice includes a Care Coordinator (usually a nurse or social worker), whose expertise complements our team of attorneys.

When the road of life is smooth, decisions about legal and financial matters are easy to push aside for “a rainy day.” Planning ahead, however, will allow for more options as you view the map of where you’ve been and where you want to go. Don’t let a crisis limit your choices or derail your plans.

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