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When should you appoint a power of attorney?

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2023 | Estate Planning |

Your journey through life is a series of wins and losses. Through these ups and downs, you gather not just invaluable experiences and lessons that are uniquely yours, but tangible wealth as well. However, there can be situations where you might suddenly find yourself unable to manage your hard-earned property and assets.

What would you do then?

That’s when having a power of attorney (POA) becomes essential. Understanding situations where a POA can help ensure that you’re prepared, no matter what life throws your way.

To prepare for possible incapacity

One critical circumstance where a POA proves invaluable is when you become incapacitated in some way, such as being in a coma following an accident or suffering a stroke that impairs your mental faculties. The POA serves as a tool for you to appoint an agent who can make decisions for you, should you be unable to. Some POAs take effect immediately upon signing, while others, known as springing durable POAs, activate upon a specific event, such as a mental or physical disability. If you prefer for someone to manage your affairs only after you become incapacitated, a springing durable POA might be the appropriate choice for you.

For short-term transactions

A POA is also valuable in situations involving short-term needs or specific transactions. For instance, a limited POA could be your ideal solution if you’re abroad and need someone to handle a real estate transaction in your home country. This type of POA grants someone the authority to act on your behalf for a specific transaction, and its power can be revoked or terminated once the transaction is complete.

Securing your assets in your absence

A POA plays a crucial role in asset protection when you’re not present or able to manage assets yourself. When you appoint a POA and do so at the correct time, you retain control over your estate and protect your interests. This assurance means that your hard-earned assets are well-cared for, regardless of life’s unpredictable challenges.