Durable Power of Attorney Lawyer

If you’re thinking about the future and caring for your loved ones, you may have considered creating a will or setting up a trust. But have you given thought to who will make important decisions for you if you’re unable to do so yourself? That’s where a Durable Power of Attorney comes into play. Here at Vistas Law Group, we guide you through the process of establishing a Durable Power of Attorney, breaking down the legal complexities and catching red flags to raise the probability of avoiding disputes or costly lawsuits.


The Importance of a Durable Power of Attorney in California

Creating a Durable Power of Attorney isn’t just filling out a form; it’s a critical step in safeguarding your future. By establishing a Durable Power of Attorney, you designate a trusted individual to make financial decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated. A timely Durable Power of Attorney can serve to appoint someone you trust to make financial decisions on your behalf while you are incapacitated during your lifetime. Life is unpredictable and capacity is not guaranteed.  To be prepared for potential incapacity during your lifetime, you have the right to choose someone who can continue to manage your affairs for your financial needs in the event you can’t express your wishes yourself. Our team is here to ensure you exercise your right to appoint someone you trust to help  appropriately while understanding the far-reaching implications of this indispensable legal document.


Exploring Your Durable Power of Attorney Options

Making plans for your future is not just a matter of signing a document and forgetting about it. It’s a tailored process that adapts to your life, your family, and your assets. A Durable Power of Attorney for Assets offers this adaptability by giving you options that suit your particular situation. 

With a Financial Durable Power of Attorney, your designated agent will take charge of your financial matters during your incapacity during lifetime. This can include paying bills, investing, selling property, and even making gifts or charitable donations in your name.

Then there’s the “springing” Durable Power of Attorney, which only kicks in under certain predetermined conditions—most commonly, medical incapacitation verified by an independent medical professional. This is particularly useful if you’re uncomfortable with your agent having immediate access to your affairs. Each option carries its own set of responsibilities and privileges, so understanding what each involves is key to making an informed decision. We help you weigh the pros and cons of each type before it’s too late. Too many times, people wait too long and lose the ability to create a Durable Power of Attorney when they are incapacitated.  Be proactive and contact use to ensure your Durable Power of Attorney aligns seamlessly with your life goals and values.


The Crucial Choice of an Agent

Choosing an agent to act on your behalf is a decision that deserves thoughtful consideration. This potential agent will be your advocate, your voice, and your decision-maker if you are unable to make decisions yourself. Trust is paramount. Not only must you trust this person’s judgment, but you must also trust that they will put your interests and wishes first before their own.

Your chosen agent should also be someone who is responsible and up to the task. This role may involve complex financial management. It’s not just about trust; it’s about capability, reliability, and the willingness to act in your best interests when you are in an extremely vulnerable position. We advise clients to have candid discussions with potential agents. Talk about what you expect to ensure that you want your agent to consider when making decisions on your behalf. Ensure they understand the magnitude of this role and are willing to take on the responsibility.


How We Simplify the Durable Power of Attorney Process

We recognize that contemplating future uncertainties can be emotionally challenging. Our aim is to make the process as straightforward and comfortable as possible. When you consult with us, we’ll walk you through all the details in everyday language. We ensure that your Durable Power of Attorney is compliant with California laws, providing you with peace of mind.


Reach Out to an Experienced Estate Lawyer in California

Taking charge of your future doesn’t need to be a bewildering labyrinth of legal forms and tough choices. We’re here to walk you through each step. Call us at Vistas Law Group to speak with a lawyer in Los Angeles at 213-745-8747, or Inland Empire at 909-415-0540, or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a dedicated Estate Lawyer serving clients in California.