Power of Attorneys

Powers of Attorney in Sacramento

Set Yourself and Your Family Up for Success

A power of attorney (POH) is an estate planning tool that gives someone the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf if you are not able to. This legal document gives you the opportunity to choose the appointed person, and state which decisions that person can and cannot make. If you become incapacitated without having a power of attorney, your family may be left to petition the court to appoint a conservator to make decisions on your behalf. The conservatorship process is often lengthy and could potentially cost your family lots of money to achieve. See how the Law Office of Vincent Van Ho can help prepare you and your family for whatever lies ahead.

Who Can Benefit from a Power of Attorney?

In California, anyone over the age of 18 who has the legal capacity to sign a document can create a power of attorney. A person with those requirements who owns a home, has bank accounts, or any valuable assets can benefit from this process. For example, appointing a trusted person to handle financial matters when you are traveling can temporarily take that burden off your shoulders. In a more permanent example, having a legally appointed person can also help by making medical decisions in the event you become too ill to handle them on your own. 

You don't have to handle legal obstacles on your own. Whether you're looking to appoint someone to handle your financial or healthcare decisions, we're here to help! We do our best to help clients prepare so they can enjoy their later years without having to stress about making these tough decisions alone.

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We have seen firsthand how much relief our clients gain from appointing a trusted person to handle their tough legal decisions. From financial matters to future healthcare plans, a power of attorney is the best way to ensure your wishes are carried out in the event that you cannot advocate for yourself.

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Distinction Between a Durable and Non-Durable POH

The difference between whether a power of attorney is durable or non-durable is very apparent. The first thing you need to decide is whether you would like your agent to be in charge of decisions immediately, or only if you become incapacitated. However, in both situations, the person authorized to act can make healthcare decisions or handle financial affairs for you, depending on the authority granted by the document.

  • Non-Durable Power of Attorney: In this situation, the document would authorize the agent to make decisions immediately on your behalf. However, if you ever become incapacitated, the document would become null and the agent no longer would be authorized to make decisions for you.
  • Durable Power of Attorney: Unlike the non-durable POH, this document not only remains effective once the person who created it becomes incapacitated, but it only grants decision-making power to the agent once that scenario happens. 

Choosing between a durable or non-durable power of attorney is a big decision. If you have questions on which route to take, or need help creating your legal document, get in touch with the Law Office of Vincent Van Ho. We take the time to get to know each client and their specific needs to offer the best solution possible.

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