POWER OF ATTORNEYS
DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY
Who will manage your affairs if you are unable to do so?
None of us wants to consider giving up control of our finances, our personal lives, or our medical care. However, every person needs to have a carefully tailored plan in place in case the unwanted or unexpected occurs. Through a durable power of attorney you can designate a representative to make decisions on your behalf if you are not able to manage your affairs. If you are ready to take this important step, contact our office to schedule an initial consultation. Mr. Thrasher will explain how a durable power of attorney (POA) can be tailored to address your specific needs and concerns.
We help each of our clients develop an estate plan that includes a durable power of attorney for management of financial affairs. Again, in your durable power of attorney you designate a person to act on your behalf if you are not able to handle matters yourself. The POA can be designed to spring into effect if you become incapacitated, or it can be effective as soon as you sign it. In most cases Mr. Thrasher recommends a POA that is effective once you sign it to provide the most flexible and effective protection. A POA can also be designed for select or single uses. This last type of POA is often used to authorize a representative to sign a specific business or real estate contract, or for some other limited purpose.
It is important to discuss your options with a well-qualified lawyer before determining what type of durable power of attorney is best for your specific situation.
MEDICAL POWER OF ATTORNEY
Life support, feeding tubes, or even food and water -Which, if any, would you want?
We have all heard the story - an accident (or a sudden infection) and a family at war over what to do next. Through a Texas medical power of attorney you can designate a competent adult representative to make decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. In doing so, you spare your family, friends, and medical caregivers from the stressful and sometimes contentious process of trying to determine what your intentions would be if you could be heard and the equally divisive process of determining who gets to make your care-related decisions. At The Law Offices of Bruce Thrasher, we help clients craft documents that leave clear direction for loved ones and the courts. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your options for drafting a power of attorney (POA).
The difference between a living will and a medical power of attorney
There is a lot of confusion out there about "living wills" and what they are. A living will, is more accurately described as an advance medical directive, is a document that specifically describes your wishes regarding health care measures such as artificial life support, feeding tubes, hydration, and hospital care if you are unable to communicate due to an illness or injury. Texas law does not recognize a medical directive as a binding legal document, and therefore if it becomes necessary for that difficult decision to be considered by your family and doctors, your written wishes about how to end your life will be very powerful and instructive.
Every adult needs an estate plan.
We never know what the road ahead holds for us. At The Law Offices of Bruce Thrasher, our staff assists every client in developing and maintaining a comprehensive and up-to-date estate plan that is appropriate for the stage of life the client faces. To schedule an appointment with Mr. Thrasher to discuss a will, a trust, or another issue, please call or email our office.