While many people know that creating a will is important to protect your assets and your family after you die, it’s also important to do the same while you are still living. By appointing a power of attorney, you can be protected while you are still living should you not be able to make decisions for yourself. Let’s take a look at some things an estate planning lawyer thinks that you should consider when it comes appointing a power of attorney.
Age and Proximity
First off, the person you choose should ideally be younger than you. Sure, being younger doesn’t always mean that that person will outlive you, the chances are significantly higher. You also want the person to live near you. Should an emergency arise, having your power of attorney close by will be much easier than having to have someone fly in from far away or handle any important decisions remotely.
This should go without saying, but obviously, you need to trust the person you appoint. The person you choose will essentially have control over your entire life should you become incapacitated or in a state where you can no longer make decisions on your own. It’s important that you trust that person to make decisions that are in the best interest of you.
Are You Looking for an Estate Planning Lawyer?
At Drug and Alcohol Attorneys, we don’t just deal with drug and alcohol-related charges. We also specialize in estate planning. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule your free consultation.