As the aging population in the United States continues to grow it is beneficial to understand some of the ways in which to assist elders to age respectfully. Setting up power of attorney documents (POA) is a great way for families to prepare for problems down the road. As an experienced Elder Law Attorney, Lesa Koski provides compassionate and complete legal services to allow seniors to live with dignity and independence. A power of attorney allows a trusted family member or loved one to make decisions when a senior is no longer to take care of things themselves. Lesa can help you to understand the different types of power of attorney and designate one or more individuals as power of attorney. The best time to set up POA is while your parent or loved one still has the mental capacity to make informed decisions.
Types of Power of Attorney (POA)
There are different types of power of attorney that cover various areas of elder care needs.
- Financial Power of Attorney
- Medical Power of Attorney
- Durable Power of Attorney
- Springing Power of Attorney
Why Seniors May Want Power of Attorney
Granting a power of attorney to a loved one or family member does not mean that you give up control of your life. The designated power of attorney is legally obligated to act in the best interest of the senior. You will still have access to your assets and will be included in medical decisions. By choosing your own agent to act on your behalf you can have the peace of mind in knowing that important health and financial decisions will be made by someone that you trust.
When is it Too Late to Designate Power of Attorney?
The best time to have a power of attorney agent or agents selected is before you need them. In cases where a parent or loved one has been diagnosed with dementia it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced elder law attorney before cognitive impairment worsens. If the senior no longer is capable of making informed financial, or healthcare decisions then you may have to go through a more difficult process for setting up guardianship or conservatorship.
Experienced Elder Law Attorney
Nobody wants to see a loved one go through a substantial decline in cognitive ability. With the high rates of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, the reality can be far too real. As an experienced and compassionate Elder Law Attorney, Lesa Koski provides services to assist in making the best decisions to care for your parents. Setting up a power of attorney document to handle upcoming health and or financial decisions can be an act of love.
Contact Lesa Koski at (651) 214-5057 for assistance with setting up Power Of Attorney (POA) documents.