We can help you with a general or medical power of attorney in Hickory.
A power of attorney can seem unnecessary when you are young and healthy, but just like life insurance and a living will, it is something that you need to think about before it is too late. A power of attorney protects you (as well as your family and loved ones) in case you are ever incapacitated. In 2006, a federal law unified power of attorney rules in all states. However, just because the law is uniform doesn’t mean that it is easy to understand. If you are planning on drafting power of attorney papers, you need to consult with a knowledgeable, experienced attorney like the one we have here at the Law Office of Melissa Stewart, formerly Groff Law Firm.
There are two main types of power of attorney that we can help you with:
- General Power of Attorney: This type allows another person to manage your personal affairs in the event that you are unable to do so. It can be effective immediately on signing or be written to take effect if you need in the future.
- Medical Power of Attorney: This type involves medical decisions, access to your medical records and the ability to decide who your healthcare provider will be. You can also include guidelines about extreme medical interventions to artificially prolong life, like life support.
Powers of attorney must be signed and acknowledged by a notary public and signed by two witnesses to be legal documents. We can help you prepare the paperwork, as well as facilitate the authentication process as outlined above. If you live in or around Hickory, North Carolina and need help with a power of attorney, give us a call today.