Tampa Power of Attorney
Assistance with Tampa Power of Attorney Documents
In Florida, an individual can create a legal document that allows another person (the attorney-in-fact) to act on their behalf. This legal tool, called a Power of Attorney (POA), authorizes that other person to take action in certain circumstances. You have control over how much authority your agent is given, and what actions they can take. POAs can be useful in a variety of ways. By creating a POA, you are taking a proactive step in planning your future. Even if you become incapacitated, you can have a say in your medical and financial matters with a POA. State law recognizes several types of POA, and the law creates requirements for each. So, before creating your own, consult with an experienced Tampa power of attorney law firm about how a POA can help you.
Types of POAs
There are many different types of POAs. The best choice for you will depend on your goals. For example, you may want to designate someone to make medical decisions in the event of an accident. Or, you may want to give authority to your friend to make a financial transaction in your name. Depending on the situation, one type of POA may be more beneficial than another. Often, Tampa residents can achieve their goals using one of these types of POAs:
- Durable: your attorney-in-fact retains authority regardless of whether you are incapacitated
- Limited: grants limited authority for a specific action or actions, as defined by the principal (you)
- General: grants broad legal authority for the attorney-in-fact to act as he or she sees fit on certain matters
Regardless of the type of POA you choose, with a POA you can provide clear direction to your loved ones in many situations. This often helps decrease stress and conflict during difficult times. Contact us for assistance with a Tampa power of attorney.
Who Should Create a POA?
It is always tempting to focus on the present, rather than anticipating any difficult or frightening situations in the future. However, thinking about how your future will be affected if tragedy strikes is important. You do not want to leave your family guessing what your wishes are if you become incapacitated. Likewise, you may want to appoint someone to handle your financial matters, if you become unable to do so. Creating a POA can help you and your family deal with any future incapacity by clarifying your wishes now.
Alternatively, you may already have a plan for handling medical and financial matters if you become incapacitated. However, you may need the help of someone now to deal with any number of financial, medical, or legal decisions. With a valid POA, you can appoint someone you trust to help you accomplish those tasks. This can be especially helpful when completing a large financial transaction, such as buying or selling real estate. In your POA, you specify exactly what your attorney-in-fact can do to achieve that goal.
Call Our Tampa Power of Attorney Lawyer for Help
If you live in the Tampa area and have questions regarding Powers of Attorney, contact David Toback, Attorney at Law. With over 17 years of legal experience, he has handled many types of POA and estate planning matters. No matter what your situation, David Toback can guide your through your legal options. Contact him today at (813) 252-7529.