Five Reasons to Make Sure You Have a Power of Attorney

A power of attorney can be very important for your estate plan.
Consider the benefits of a power of attorney.

A Power of Attorney is a type of document known as an advance directive, and it is an essential part of any comprehensive estate plan. Far too many people begin planning their estates without a Power of Attorney in place, though, which is an oversight that can become extremely costly later. Here are five reasons you should make sure you have a Power of Attorney in place for yourself as part of your estate plan: Continue reading “Five Reasons to Make Sure You Have a Power of Attorney”

Protecting Yourself with a Power of Attorney

While few people want to think about it, many will eventually reach a point where they are no longer able to care for their own needs. Whether due to physical or mental illness, an unforeseen injury, or simply because of growing older, many people eventually become unable to make the decisions or take the actions necessary to ensure their day-to-day affairs are handled. Before that happens, you should make sure you have a power of attorney in place, to make sure someone can handle your affairs when you no longer can. Continue reading “Protecting Yourself with a Power of Attorney”

Adding a Gifting Rider to a Comprehensive Power of Attorney May Assist During Catastrophic Events

power of attorney lawyer Garden CityIn New York State, a gifting rider grants an agent the power to gift assets and resources. In addition, an agent may utilize the gifting rider to transfer assets out of the principal’s name for Medicaid purposes. For this reason, incorporating a gifting rider into a comprehensive power of attorney may be essential to managing and protecting assets in the event the principal becomes incapacitated. In addition, without a gifting rider, an agent is limited in their power. Continue reading “Adding a Gifting Rider to a Comprehensive Power of Attorney May Assist During Catastrophic Events”

Benefits of Establishing a Comprehensive Power of Attorney

estate planning lawyer Garden CityA power of attorney is an advance directive that is designed to designate an agent to make financial decisions on a person’s behalf in the event he or she becomes incapacitated. There are a number of benefits to developing a comprehensive power of attorney.

Establish Who Will Make Decisions on Your Behalf

In the event that a person becomes incapacitated and can no longer make decisions, a designated agent that you trust will now be able to act on your behalf to make important financial decisions. If a person does not have a comprehensive power of attorney, a guardianship proceeding may need to be commenced. Continue reading “Benefits of Establishing a Comprehensive Power of Attorney”

Protecting Loved Ones Against Elder Financial Abuse

Elder financial abuse is a form of exploitation against seniors and older persons that may include, but is not limited to, taking money, property or assets. Older adults who suffer from physical or mental disabilities, such as dementia, or experience feelings of isolation, loneliness or loss may be more susceptible to elder financial abuse. Continue reading “Protecting Loved Ones Against Elder Financial Abuse”

How the Establishment of a Power of Attorney Can Benefit Loved Ones

With baby boomers entering retirement age, more adult children are undertaking the role of caregiver to meet their loved ones’ needs. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, as many as 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in the last 12 months. Caregivers are often called upon to assist with a loved one’s estate plan to ensure that his or her wishes for assets and health are met. An important aspect of estate planning is power of attorney, a document that authorizes someone to make and implement financial and other important decisions.
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Estate Planning Considerations for Military Personnel

As members of the armed forces, military servicemen and servicewomen put their lives on the line every day to protect the lives and freedom of the American people. A person’s estate encompasses everything from a home, cars, jewelry and other tangible possessions to savings and checking accounts, retirement funds, insurance policies, small business and survivor benefits. It is important for our fighting men and women to establish a plan to protect their loved ones from financial hardships, reduce taxes, assign children’s guardianships and allow assets to be passed to beneficiaries quickly and without emotional stress or conflict.

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