This is another area of the law you do not want to “do it yourself”. If you sign a form you or someone downloads from the internet you may or may not be accomplishing what you set out to do. Know your rights before you execute this very powerful document! Perhaps you are the named as an Agent in a Power of Attorney for a parent or loved one. What are your obligations and rights? Before you start to act and sign documents, make sure you know what you are doing. Signing a legal document on behalf of another as a “POA” may end up costing you in the end. Again, know your rights before you start acting as an Agent for someone else. Nursing Homes and Personal Care Facilities will almost always ask if you have this document then will provide you with documents (you assume) to sign that only legally binds the Principal (your parent or loved one). Signing these and other documents in an inappropriate way may develop into protracted litigation for you and your loved one and could cost you, personally, thousands of dollars. These documents are a necessary tool in your estate planning overall; however, knowing when to use them and how to use them is the key. Don’t go it alone. Our firm has been handling matters of this type for clients for over fifty (50) years. These rights are too important. Call and make and appointment today.
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