Durable Powers of Attorney
Our Arizona estate planning lawyers, Matthew M. Jones and Andrew P. Gorman, use powers of attorney as part of drawing up an estate plan. The person holding your power of attorney is your voice when you are no longer able to participate in decision-making. To learn more about naming another person to hold your powers of attorney, contact us at our Scottsdale, Phoenix, or Sun City offices for a free initial consultation.
Types of powers of attorney
Powers of attorney give another person authority to speak for you in health care decisions and financial matters. Arizona also requires a clause or a separate power of attorney related to admission to a psychiatric institution. Permission to receive your medical records must be given in a separate document, called a HIPAA authorization. Our lawyers also draft temporary powers of attorney for people who are leaving the country or are unavailable to make decisions for a limited period.
We help you choose
Our estate planning lawyers help clients determine which powers of attorney they need. Individuals entering a comprehensive estate planning process require at least a Durable Health Care Power of Attorney and Financial Power of Attorney. In addition, people should plan for mental health issues by inserting a clause in the Durable Health Care Power of Attorney or by drafting a separate Durable Mental Health Care Power of Attorney. If there is a living will, it should be attached to the Durable Health Care Power of Attorney. We help clients choose agents and alternates for powers of attorney.
Peace of mind
Executing a durable power of attorney gives you the knowledge that some will speak for you when you are unable to speak for yourself. When you draft powers of attorney as part of the estate planning process, we take the time needed to explain carefully the need for each of these instruments. To learn more about powers of attorney within estate planning, contact the estate planning attorneys at Gorman & Jones, PLC. We look forward to talking with you.