Power of AttorneyOne type of document designed to help someone who may become incapacitated is a power of attorney. A power of attorney gives authority to someone you pick to act for you or represent you in conducting your private affairs, business, or other legal matters. Some powers of attorney are limited such as a power of attorney authorizing an agent to act for you in a real estate closing while some are designed to address nearly all financial situations. The person giving the power is called the principal while the person designated to act on behalf of the principal is called the agent or attorney-in-fact. Virginia has recently changed it's laws on Powers of Attorney; Charles Alton prepares documents that reflect these changes.
Planning For Your Own Incapacity
Charles R. Alton is committed to helping you protect your family and look out for your own needs. He helps you deal with current problems and plan to avoid or minimize future problems. Without a power of attorney and health care power of attorney the chances of having a guardian appointed to manage your person and a conservator appointed to manage your assets if you become incapacitated are greatly increased. An incapacitated person does not pick his or her guardian and conservator; a court makes those selections. The legal process for appointing a guardian and conservator is generally very expensive and often involves disagreement and contention between family members. Charles Alton believes that the right legal documents can empower his Clients to deal with the limitations created by physical and mental incapacity, at far less cost than the judicial process to appoint a guardian and conservator. Among the most important documents prepared by Charles Alton are the power of attorney and the medical directive.