Estate planning basics: The 3 types of financial Power of Attorney

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Power of Attorney documents are a valuable tool for managing your estate plan by allowing you to appoint a trusted person to oversee your finances in the event that you are unable to do so. While they are often referred to in the singular, there are actually three different types of Power of Attorney for your finances. Here’s a brief explanation of each of them from a leading estate planning attorney in New Jersey.

The Limited Power of Attorney

This allows the person you name to act in your stead regarding financial decisions but only for a very specific action. For example, if you need to sign important documents in person but are unable to be there because you are across the country or overseas, you can use this Power of Attorney to allow someone else to sign for you. Their power is limited to this particular action and expires as soon as the action is completed.

The General Power of Attorney

This is a comprehensive Power of Attorney that appoints your chosen person with the abilities to act with the same rights and authority as you would have regarding your finances. They can sign documents on your behalf, pay bills, authorize the buying and selling of property, etc. This is often used for seniors who are having trouble coping with their financial affairs alone and require assistance. The Power of Attorney only ends upon your death or incapacitation unless you revoke it before then.

The Springing Power of Attorney

This has the same authority and effect as the General Power of Attorney, but it will only become valid and useable if certain specific events occur. For example, many people will have this document created while they are fit to manage their financial affairs themselves and only have it come into effect if they become incapacitated. You can specify exactly what would define ‘incapacitated’ according to your own personal wishes.

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If you would like to ensure that you and your assets are properly protected in terms of estate planning, Frank R. Campisano can assist you each step of the way. Whether you want to create a Last Will and Testament or are interested in creating more complex estate planning documents such as trusts and Power of Attorney documents, he can ensure that the right legal documentation is developed to meet your specific wishes.

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