Orange County Powers of Attorney Lawyer

Protecting You and Your Family Like a
Mama Bear Protects Her Cubs.

Powers of Attorney in Orange County

Many people know the importance of adding a will or possibly a trust to their estate plans. However, numerous California residents don’t understand the importance of powers of attorney. These documents give another person (agent) the power to make decisions on their behalf. By including these documents in your estate plan, you’ll protect your family against having to file for a conservatorship. That means they will avoid the stress of going to court to care for you, and you can choose who will step into that role when necessary.

Schedule a free strategy session with our Orange County powers of attorney lawyer to discuss your needs moving forward. You can then create a proactive estate plan that includes the documents necessary in case you become incapacitated.

Types of Powers of Attorney

Your Orange County powers of attorney lawyer can help you create a:
  • General power of attorney to grant broad legal powers.
  • Limited power of attorney to grant specific powers.
  • Healthcare power of attorney to grant medical decision-making powers.
You will likely need healthcare and general powers of attorney. Additionally, you might require a limited power of attorney if you want someone to handle one situation or transaction.

Springing Vs Immediate Durable Power Of Attorney

Your Orange County powers of attorney lawyer can draft springing or immediate powers of attorney. Both are durable, meaning they will remain in effect if you become incapacitated. An immediate power of attorney goes into effect as soon as it is created. In contrast, a springing power of attorney only goes into effect after the stated event, such as incapacitation. For instance, you can create a springing power of attorney for your finances. The agent won’t have any authority to make financial decisions until you become incapacitated. Then, it springs into effect, allowing the agent to act on your behalf. Your attorney will help you clearly outline what constitutes incapacitation so the agent cannot abuse the power.

Power Of Attorney For Healthcare

A power of attorney for healthcare is an advance directive. This is a springing power of attorney, meaning it won’t go into effect unless you cannot make healthcare decisions for yourself. Your Orange County powers of attorney lawyer might recommend that you create a living will to go along with this advance directive. You can use your living will to explain if you would like extraordinary measures to be taken as you near the end of your life. If you do want such measures taken, you can outline them in the document. Then, your healthcare agent will refer to your living will when making health care decisions.

You should also discuss your desires with your physician and the agent you choose. With the right information, your healthcare team and agent will be able to make decisions based on your desires.

Contact Us Today For
Your Consultation

Schedule A Strategy Session
* Required Fields
We respect your privacy. The information you provide will be used to answer your question or to schedule an appointment if requested.

Why Choose Geisler Patterson Law?

Orange County, CA Law Firm Geisler Patterson Img
Orange County, CA Law Firm Geisler Patterson Img1

Revoking A Power Of Attorney

Your Orange County powers of attorney lawyer can assist if you would like to revoke the document. The agent you named does not have to give permission to revoke it. Instead, you have full authority to do so as long as you’re of sound mind. However, if you are incapacitated, you cannot revoke the documents. Still, if the agent is abusing his or her power or does not have your interests in mind, your lawyer can advocate for you in court. Consult with an attorney if you’re unsure of your rights regarding the documents you currently have in place.

Can More Than One Person Serve As An Agent?

You can choose one person or multiple people to act as your agent. Additionally, you can choose a single person as the agent for all powers of attorney documents. Whichever you choose, it’s crucial to select a person or people that understand your wishes and will carry them out. Because of that, it’s wise to speak to prospective agents in advance before granting them powers through these legal documents.

Contact Us

* Required Fields

We respect your privacy. The information you provide will be used to answer your question or to schedule an appointment if requested.

Professional Associations