Something similar to a will is a power of attorney. Power of attorney is a legal term that describes when one person gives another person or persons the authority to act as a legal representative on their behalf. Similar to a will, a document has to be executed that details who the power of attorney is going to be and what they have control over. While power of attorneys can be helpful, you are able to override their decisions if you deem it necessary.
A power of attorney may be general or more specialized in nature. The general power of lawyer is able to carry out any actions that you are legally able to do. While the specialized power takes on a more specific role, and this is up to the person who is assigning the power of attorney, also known as the principal. It is also important to note that the specialized power of attorney is limited in their abilities and must stick to the role that the principal assigns. Some of the specific roles that a power of attorney can carry out are making healthcare decisions, buying or selling property, making payments on the principal’s behalf, and a variety of other financial decisions.
To start a power of lawyer for general, medical, or financial purposes, you can create one on your own or you can discuss with family law and divorce lawyers, family planning attorneys, a family law specialist, or family law office. An experienced family law attorney can assist you in creating power and documenting who is to act on your behalf should a situation occur in which you need that person to represent you.
As with any other legal documents, there are requirements that have to be followed to make the document enforceable and assigning a power of attorney is no different. In this document that sets who your power of lawyer is and what powers they hold in relation to you, the principal must be at least 18 years old and of sound mind. Also, this document must be signed in front of a Notary Public. In some cases, this document must be recorded at your local Register of Deed’s office in order to make this document enforceable. This requirement is dependent upon who you are doing business with and what they are able to accept.
Before executing and recording this document it would be very beneficial to discuss this with a Family Law Attorney in Greensboro NC or one that services your area. Family Law Lawyers can help you to express what you are expecting from your power of attorney, while also helping to prevent you from being taken advantage of. The attorneys and staff here at the Law Office of Stephen E. Robertson in Greensboro, NC can help to answer any questions you may have pertaining to wills or power of attorney.
Stephen E. Robertson is a Family Law Attorney in Greensboro NC as well as a very reputable Greensboro Divorce Lawyer. He serves the following North Carolina counties: Guilford, Rockingham, Randolph, Forsyth, Davidson, Alamance, and surrounding communities. For more information, contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.