Durable Powers of Attorney
Estate Planning Attorneys Serving New Hampshire
Although in the public mind estate planning is typically associated with
what happens after one’s death, planning for future incapacity can
be equally, if not more, important. Key to such planning is a durable
power of attorney. In New Hampshire, a durable power of attorney can be
prepared as a way to plan for future incapacity. A durable power of attorney
is a written document that can remain valid if you become unable to make
decisions on your own. With this document, you will be able to appoint
a trusted agent who can oversee and manage your affairs and make health
care decisions on your behalf.
Durable General Power of Attorney for Finances
A durable general power of attorney for finances provides authority to
the person you select, known as an “agent” or “attorney-in-fact,”
to exercise as much power over financial decision-making as you could
if making decisions for yourself. The agent can do anything that can legally
be done by you. General powers of attorney can also be essential to crisis
Medicaid planning, allowing your agent to make arrangements for your property after you
become incapacitated. Because of the power conferred by these documents,
and the need to tailor certain provisions to your particular situation,
it is important to have the help of an experienced attorney when drafting
the necessary documents.
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
Establishing a durable power of attorney for health care is an important
part of estate planning. In the event you become incapacitated, the durable
power of attorney for health care gives your selected agent the power
to make health care decisions and inform your physician of your wishes.
An experienced attorney can guide you through the consequences of the
choices you must make in completing this document, helping to ensure that
your wishes are carried out when you are no longer able to do so.
living will is a type of health care document that expresses your wishes regarding
whether you desire life-prolonging treatment in the event you are incapacitated
and near death or in a permanent vegetative state.
Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorneys