Declaring Simple Wills
Ensure that the future of your family is in safe hands when you turn to the team at Peterson Law PLC. Located in Chesapeake, Virginia, our firm provides a series of services for clients throughout the region. From simple wills to power of attorney, we are ready to act and make legal decisions for our clients. Backed by more than 10 years of experience in the legal field, we have the knowledge and expertise you need to navigate every aspect of family and divorce law.
What is a power of attorney?
Simply put, a power of attorney is a legal form that gives another person the ability to act on your behalf when you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself. Contrary to popular belief, you can give your POA as much or as little power; however, most people give their POA the power to make their financial decisions. There are two types of powers of attorney: a durable power of attorney and a medical power of attorney.
Unlike the nondurable power of attorney, a durable power of attorney does not become invalid if you become mentally incapacitated. A medical power of attorney allows the designated agent to make health care decisions on your behalf should you become unable to make decisions in the future.
Do you need a durable or medical power of attorney?
The future is unknown, and for this reason, you should have a will and power of attorney prepared to protect you. When you designate an agent as your medical or durable power of attorney, you grant that individual the ability to make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able. A durable POA can make deposits, sign checks and official documents, handle legal matters, protect your assets from possible abuse, and ensure your wishes are upheld. A medical POA can consent to treatment; however, you can limit the agent’s decision-making authority.
It is never too late to plan for your future. If you fear that you will one day suffer from a serious illness or injury that will leave you incapacitated, there is no better way to protect yourself than assigning a power of attorney. Turn to our local family law office, to draft the document needed to protect yourself now and in the future.
Contact our law firm to work with us for your simple wills. We proudly offer power of attorney options for clients throughout Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake, Virginia.