Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives
Who Will Carry Out Your Wishes When You’re Gone?
In California, adults have the legal ability to appoint a person who will carry out their affairs if they become unable to do so themselves.
This designation, known as a durable power of attorney, enables this personal representative to manage a person’s assets and sign legal documents pertaining to finances or other concerns.
At CC LawGroup, A Professional Corporation, we can work with you to select and appoint such a representative, using clear legal language to prevent challenges by other parties.
For more information about our financial and durable powers of attorney, call us in Newark, California, at 510-402-1579.
Northern California Power of Attorney – Protecting Your Decisions
As an estate holder, you can give administrative authority – known as “power” – over your assets to any willing party you wish. Through a power of attorney, you can define specific instructions to be carried out by this personal representative.
By defining powers of attorney before a crisis, you can provide safety for your future and peace of mind for loved ones.
A durable power of attorney can:
- Manage your assets if you are incapacitated
- Represent your estate to the Internal Revenue Service
- Provide gifts to individuals and organizations in your name and according to your wishes
- Create and amend revocable trusts
Health Care Directives and Living Wills – What a Power of Attorney Can’t Do
California law does not allow people to grant powers of attorney to others regarding health care matters. However, Californians can create a document called a health care directive that includes specific instructions regarding exactly what medical care they want, or do not want, if they are incapacitated or terminally ill.
Such directives are commonly referred to as “living wills.” At CC LawGroup, A Professional Corporation, we can assist you in drafting a legally sound health care directive that meets your needs.
Medicaid Planning, Asset Protection and Long Term Care Planning
Many Californians face a dilemma regarding their nursing home care. Despite saving wisely during their working lives, they learn that they must spend their life savings on nursing care before they can meet income requirements. Sound planning could save you dollars in planning for such circumstances.
Cynthia Cho, our experienced Newark elder law attorney, can advise you on financial strategies that can help you and your family retain many of your assets and much of your property while still allowing you to qualify for government assistance.
We Offer Full-Service Estate Planning Packages
As a convenience for our clients, we can bundle our various drafting services into a single cost-effective package. You can walk out of our door with a comprehensive estate plan, including a health care directive, living will or power of attorney to complement your will.
At CC LawGroup, A Professional Corporation, we understand that a plan is often the best gift you can give your loved ones. We want to help you comprehensively plan for your future.