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Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a document that is created in order to name another person to act on your behalf in making certain decisions if you are mentally incapacitated. The person that is named in a power of attorney may be referred to as an "attorney-in-fact" or "agent". Executing a power of attorney is an important step to take in the estate planning process. Illness or an accident may result in you being unable to make your own decisions. By executing a power of attorney, you can name the person you trust to make these decisions for you, rather than having the court appoint a guardian or conservator for you.

Talking to a New York City estate planning lawyer is an important step to take if you are considering executing a power of attorney. This is an important decision and this document should be drafted so it is legally sound and addresses your particular concerns. Our law firm helps clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn and throughout all New York City boroughs in these matters. We welcome you to contact our offices to talk about what we can do to assist you.

Executing a Power of Attorney in Manhattan, Brooklyn and New York City

Naming an attorney-in-fact does not mean that you will surrender your right to make decisions for yourself. It only means that this person will have the authority to make certain decisions for you if you are unable to make them yourself. You are essentially sharing your power with another person. You may revoke this person's authority at any time if you are of sound mind and are unhappy with their actions in any way. A person named by power of attorney has the obligation to act in your best interests in any decisions they do make. Depending on the document you execute, this person may have the authority to:

  • Pursue insurance claims and legal action on your behalf
  • Sell your property
  • Deposit, transfer or withdraw money from any accounts you have

A power of attorney only lasts while you are alive. Upon your passing, your estate will pass on to probate and will be managed according to your will.

Contact a New York City estate planning attorney at our law firm to discuss your options in executing a power of attorney to assign someone to manage your affairs.

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