Durable Powers of Attorney are always FREE* for AmeriEstate members
AmeriEstate Provider Attorneys prepare Powers of Attorney for both medical decisions and for financial administrative purposes. Regular updates to powers of attorney are always FREE* to our member families.
A durable Power of Attorney is a written authorization that allows your chosen person to act for you on your behalf in administering your private affairs. Most often, durable powers of attorney are essential in dealing with decisions involving property and asset management as well as healthcare decisions.
Durable Powers of Attorney have no time limit. Hence the use of the word "durable." However, many financial and healthcare institutions are reluctant to honor a Power of Attorney that is more than a few years old. Therefore, it is a good idea to keep these documents updated, especially if you have had a change in your personal status or physical abilities.
These documents need to be signed by a licensed notary to make them legal viable. Without notarized durable Powers of Attorney in place, your person of choice (even if they are your spouse) will not be able to make medical decisions for you or handle your financial affairs if you cannot do it for yourself. They will have to go through complex and costly court proceedings in order to be appointed your legal guardian. This process is not only expensive, but can be public and humiliating as well.
With a durable power of attorney in place, your appointed person can privately and easily handle your medical decisions and affairs if you become incapacitated. Because no judicial proceedings are necessary, you can save time and money. But more importantly, you can avoid the stress of court involvement and public accessibility.
* One set of powers of attorney are included in the AmeriEstate Legal Plan membership. All additional sets are prepared for $150 per set.