Power of Attorney

Orange County Estate Lawyer Answers, “Is it Power of Attorney…Or Taking Advantage?”

A power of attorney is a legal agreement that allows one adult, the agent, to make legal and financial decisions on behalf of another, the principal. As an Orange County estate lawyer, I help people create power of attorney documents so that someone of their choosing can speak for them if they should become incapacitated …

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Newport Beach Estate Lawyer: What Should I Do If the Bank Says My Power of Attorney is ‘Too Old’?

While a power of attorney (POA) technically does not expire unless it’s revoked by the person who created it, you may run into a situation where a bank or a brokerage firm refuses to accept the document because it’s “too old.”  You may also hear the phrase, “the document is stale.” So, what does this …

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Newport Beach Estate Planning Lawyer: Which Type of Power of Attorney is Best for Your Needs?

Most people have a basic understanding of what a Power of Attorney does. However, not all Power of Attorney documents are the same, and the rights you are afforded depend on how the document is created by a Newport Beach estate planning lawyer. Let’s start first with the basics: a Power of Attorney is a …

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Orange County Will Lawyer

Orange County Will Lawyer Answers: “My Mom Died… Can I Sell Her House as Her Power of Attorney?”

Question:  My mom recently died, and I’m her Power of Attorney. Am I able to contact a realtor to start the process of selling her house? I don’t want the bills to start piling up. Answer: Believe it or not, this is a common question that I receive as an Orange County Will lawyers receive …

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Orange County Estate Planning Attorney Answers, “Can I Name More Than One Person as My Power of Attorney?”

By Orange County Estate Planning Attorney Darlynn Morgan Granting someone power of attorney means that you are giving them the authority to make important decisions on your behalf should you be incapable of making them yourself. The scope, duration, and other specifics are up to you. While the laws vary in each state, it’s usually …

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Orange County Estate Lawyer Warns, “Without a Power of Attorney, You May Not Be Able to Speak for Your Spouse”

As an Orange County estate lawyer, one thing that surprises many of my clients is that Powers of Attorney are necessary even for married couples. People automatically assume that their spouse will be able to handle everything on their behalf if they become incapacitated. This is not usually the case. A Power of Attorney is …

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Newport Beach Estate Planning Attorney: What’s the Difference Between an Executor and a Power of Attorney?

One of the many questions I get asked as a Newport Beach estate planning attorney is “how long is a Power of Attorney in effect?” The answer to that question is complicated in the beginning, but very simple at the end: depending on what type of Power of Attorney you have, it may be in …

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