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Power of Attorney in North Carolina

Discuss Your Options with an Estate Planning Attorney

A power of attorney is essentially a legal document that allows another person to make decisions on your behalf in certain matters. This is an incredibly important legal action and it gives a lot of power to the person who is named. It should not be taken lightly and should involve much thought and guidance from a trusted attorney.

At Walker Lambe, PLLC, our estate planning lawyers are backed by more than three decades of experience. We thoroughly evaluate all aspects of your situation and provide legal services that are customized to your needs and preferences. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team for more information about your options.

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Types of Power of Attorney

North Carolina recognizes several different power of attorney documents that are used for estate planning purposes.

The two most common power of attorney forms are:

  • Durable power of attorney: This appoints an individual to act on your behalf if you are incapacitated.
  • Health care power of attorney: This appoints an individual to consent or to refuse any or all medical care if you are unable to make these decisions yourself.

    A living will is somewhat similar to a health care power of attorney in that you are able to lay out whether you want your life prolonged by medical procedures if you have an incurable condition, if you are incapacitated, or if you have lost your cognitive ability irreversibly. However, it is possible to have both a living will and a power of attorney in place as there is a legal distinction between the two.

    Is a Power of Attorney Necessary?

    A power of attorney is valuable in that it can potentially prevent disputes regarding your care or other matters. When no power of attorney is in place, the legal process of making decisions becomes incredibly complex and could mean that your decisions are made by someone you wouldn’t have chosen.

    Call Walker Lambe, PLLC for Trusted Legal Advice

    The estate planning attorneys at Walker Lambe, PLLC can discuss your options with you and determine what is best for your situation. Appointing another person to make decisions on your behalf is a major decision, and our firm can help you evaluate potential pros and cons regarding your choice.

    Contact our firm today to learn more about your options today.

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