A power of attorney is a legal document drawn up and signed by an individual who chooses to designate another to act in their best interest in the event of incapacitation, disability or for health reasons. In the state of Ohio, types of powers of attorney are designed to allow another to act on your behalf under specific circumstances, and with specific authority.
Power of Attorney for Healthcare: A Power of Attorney for Healthcare is a legal document that authorizes another person to make healthcare decisions for you in the event you are unable to do so yourself. A Healthcare Power of Attorney only becomes effective only when you are unable make decisions for yourself.
Advantages of a Power of Attorney for Healthcare may include helping to eliminate disputes among family members as to whom is authorized to make decisions for you; it gives direction to your physicians as to who is authorized to make difficult medical decisions on your behalf; and may eliminate the need to appoint a guardian.
Durable Power of Attorney: A Durable Power of Attorney is a legal document which allows you to designate an individual to:
A Durable Power of Attorney can be limiting or as broad as you wish as to the power, or authority, which you choose to turn over, when necessary. When an individual who is granted power of attorney must not abuse their authority, but rather act only in the best interest of the individual who the power of attorney protects.
A durable power of attorney may activated and administered in the event of a disability or immediately upon the signing of the power of attorney document, depending upon the language of the document.
A durable power of attorney may be revoked at any time by the originator of the document, or by the courts if it is shown that the designated administer of the power of attorney was not acting in the best interest of the individual the document was created to protect.
We are well versed in the laws relating to all types of power of attorney legal issues, and will professionally guide you through the process of drafting and enacting your power of attorney when needed, or desired.
If you require experienced legal advice and representation from a qualified "Power of Attorney" lawyer, please call Attorney Edward Schimmel to schedule a confidential legal consultation.