Have you thought about what might happen if you are unable to make decisions for yourself one day? Who will make those decisions for you? A power of attorney is a document that allows you to give someone legal authority to act for you. It allows people to assign someone to make decisions for them in case they are unable to make decisions for themselves. The person who grants the power of attorney is known as the principal and the person given the power is known as the agent.
At Hammond and Associates, we help you think about and prepare for the future, so you can focus on your needs and those of your loved ones. We’ll help ensure that you make the decisions about what happens if one of those “what if” circumstances occurs. You can implement strategies that will protect you, your interests, and the people you love and care about.
If you’re interested in establishing your power of attorney and you live in Washington County, contact Hammond and Associates! We are more than happy to help.
Types of Power of Attorney
As you’re planning your future, you should keep in mind that there are multiple types of powers of attorney, including:
- General power of attorney
- Limited power of attorney
- Healthcare power of attorney
- Durable power of attorney
- Springing power of attorney
At Hammond and Associates, we can assist you with all types of powers of attorney. If you live in Washington County, contact us today to learn more about how you can benefit from planning for your future!
Choosing a Power of Attorney in Washington County
Choosing a person to act as your healthcare agent is important. Even if you have other legal documents regarding your care, not all situations can be anticipated and some situations will require someone to make a judgment about your likely care wishes. You should choose a person who meets the following criteria:
- Meets Maryland’s requirements for a healthcare agent
- Is not your doctor or a part of your medical care team
- Is willing and able to discuss medical care and end-of-life issues with you
- Can be trusted to make decisions that adhere to your wishes and values
- Can be trusted to be your advocate if there are disagreements about your care
When you need helping making decisions regarding your power of attorney, Hammond and Associates can help. Contact us today!
Advantages of a Power of Attorney
Although there are many projects in life where DIY planning can save you time and money—legal actions aren’t one of them. Reduce costly mistakes in the estate planning and estate administration (probate) process and hire knowledgeable legal representation to help establish your power of attorney. Why is power of attorney beneficial? Here are some reasons:
- Establishing a power of attorney is inexpensive
- Your loved one can decide who should make decisions on his or her behalf
- Your loved one controls whether the agent has general or specific power
Let the power of attorney experts at Hammond and Associates help you better plan for your future. Contact us today!
Establishing a Power of Attorney in Washington County
By reaching out to the elder law attorneys at Hammond and Associates, you can establish your power of attorney for when unexpected crises arise. When a catastrophic illness occurs, many Washington County residents become overwhelmed. With advanced planning, you and your loved ones can minimize the stress brought on from a traumatic event. When you’re ready to establish a power of attorney, Hammond and Associates is more than happy to help. Our attorneys have helped your neighbors throughout Montgomery County, Frederick County, Howard County, Prince George’s County, and the surrounding areas.
Contact us online or call us at 301-861-4555 and we can discuss how our attorneys can provide assistance with establishing a power of attorney in Washington County.