Sacramento Estate Planning Lawyers
A good estate plan will always fully address the distribution of your assets upon your death — this is typically done through the use of wills and trusts — but it will also include arrangements to cover the possibility of you becoming incapacitated.
If you become unable to make decisions for yourself because of a disability, illness or accident, having a durable power of attorney in place will designate a person or persons to make these decisions on your behalf. Whether you choose a family member, a friend or someone else as an agent to handle your affairs, a well-crafted power of attorney (or POA, for short) can allow that person to handle critical matters such as:
- Medical treatment: This can include surgical procedures, feeding tubes, respirators and pain medication.
- Finances: This can relate to payment of bills, banking, investments and filing of taxes, among other things.
- Business decisions
- Retirement and pension benefits
- Buying and selling of real estate or other property
Respecting Your Choices and Protecting Your Interests
Everyone has his or her own opinions about his or her health, finances and family. At the Law Office of Cecil & Cianci, PC, our attorneys can develop a comprehensive estate plan for you, which will take into account your particular needs and wishes. Based on a clear understanding of your situation, we can assist you in establishing two kinds of durable power of attorney:
- Immediate power of attorney: This type of power of attorney will give your spouse or another trusted person decision-making power right away — as opposed to requiring unconsciousness or another event to trigger it.
- Springing power of attorney: A springing power of attorney is designed to take effect based on specific criteria that you choose — if you are in a coma, for example.
Lawyers for Roseville Durable Power of Attorney
At the Law Office of Cecil & Cianci, PC, our California estate planning attorneys can assist you in protecting your assets, providing for your family and making sure your health care wishes are honored. Contact us to learn more about powers of attorney.