A power of attorney authorizes one person to act on behalf of another person in the event that they become incapacitated. A power of attorney generally goes into effect when the person is incapacitated, but they can also go into effect in other situations, such as:
There are many different power of attorney types. For instance, there are financial power of attorneys, medical power of attorneys, and various other types. These may each have their own terms regarding when they go into effect.
A power of attorney should contain important terms and information such as:
Power of attorney documents can sometimes be modified in the future. Also, some power of attorney forms include a clause regarding the legal action to take in the event of a dispute. For instance, the parties may agree that lawsuits are suitable to remedy a dispute; or they may decide that dispute resolution is the way to handle disputes.
Power of attorney scams occur where one party deceives the other into allowing them to act as their representative. This is common among elderly persons, and can even happen between relatives or family members. One way to prevent power of attorney scams is to include clear instructions regarding when the representation can go into effect. Often times, a scam is accomplished because the person granting the power of attorney wasn’t completely clear on the manner in which the relationship went into effect.
Power of attorney arrangements can lead to confusion if the documents are not written and organized clearly. They can also lead to disputes or fraud, especially if one of the parties is unaware of the scope of the agreement. You may need to hire a lawyer if you need help drafting, reviewing, or enforcing a power of attorney document. An experienced lawyer in your area can inform you of what to do, and can represent you in court if needed.
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