Powers of Attorney

7 Power of Attorney Conflicts

Posted on: November 25th, 2015
Maintaining powers of attorney in one’s estate plan is generally an optimal planning practice. However, some conflicts can develop....

Downsides of Do-It-Yourself Powers of Attorney

Posted on: March 27th, 2015
Powers of attorney are powerful documents that grant another individual broad rights over medical and financial decisions. Such an important power should involve careful planning. Ready-made legal forms found online, software programs with legal templates, and other DIY solutions are attractive to many individuals due to the ease of access and low cost. ...

Google’s Digital Asset Management Tool

Posted on: April 25th, 2013
2013 seems to be the year of digital afterlife planning. Last month the North Carolina Senate approved Bill 279, a bill for the state’s first-ever laws addressing digital assets. This month Google took their first step forward in post-death account management of their applications....

Powers of Attorney “Die” Along With the Principal

Posted on: March 3rd, 2011
General ("financial") Durable Powers of Attorney (DPOAs) are very useful documents that every competent adult should have. DPOAs can be used to manage one’s property and affairs in the event of incompetency, avoiding the need for a court proceeding to determine incompetency and appoint a guardian. ...

Durable Powers of Attorney Don’t Allow You to Control Trusts

Posted on: February 28th, 2011
A Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) is a part of virtually every estate plan. The DPOA allows the person who signed the document, the principal, to designate an agent, or attorney-in-fact, who will act in his or her stead. ...

You Need a Power of Attorney

Posted on: January 27th, 2011
Giving someone your power of attorney (POA) has been likened to giving a trusted person a spare set of keys to your house or car. If a problem arises — for example, you lose your keys — your interests are protected. ...