Powers of Attorney

Sacramento Attorney: Power of Attorney

A simple document, the durable power of attorney (POA), should be on file for every person 18 years of age and over. The POA designates a representative to handle legal and financial matters on that person's behalf in the event the person becomes unable to handle these affairs. If you do not draft a durable POA and become incapacitated, the court will appoint a conservator to handle your affairs. Not only is a conservatorship expensive, a stranger may be making important decisions on your behalf.

Durable power of attorney

As your attorney, I will see that your estate plan includes a basic will, durable power of attorney and living will. During our discussions, I will help you identify the best candidate to be designated as a representative, usually a relative, friend, spouse or domestic partner. I then draft a clearly worded document stating under what circumstances that representative has power of attorney. I also prepare powers of attorney for specific purposes or short terms.

Whether you are interested in estate planning or elder law, it is important to work with a lawyer who has the experience and sensitivity to protect your interests. If you would like to discuss representation or have another question about my firm, please call (916) 248-4465 or e-mail my Sacramento, California, office to arrange a consultation.

Michael A. Sawamura, Attorney at Law