Durable Powers of Attorney

Farmington Hills Durable Powers of Attorney

Mall Malisow & Cooney, P.C. • Detroit, Michigan
Durable Powers of Attorney • Medical Powers of Attorney • Living Wills

Power of Attorney – a Critical Document

Through documents known as Powers of Attorney (POAs), you give others the legal power to act on your behalf if you become incapacitated. POAs prevent probate court involvement and the need for the appointment of a Guardian or Conservator, which is a public process and intrusive to those who value privacy.

At Mall Malisow & Cooney, near Detroit, Michigan, our essential legal planning lawyers will take the time to help you fully understand the responsibilities and powers held by an appointed agent / advocate. The best choices for these positions are not always those who first come to mind – sometimes it helps to talk the matter over with a professional outside of your family.

If you would like to discuss your concerns, contact our office and schedule a consultation. It is important that you choose a lawyer you are comfortable with and have confidence in.

Health Care Powers of Attorney/Living Wills/Advance Directives

Have you considered what medical or mental health treatment you want if you cannot speak or make decisions for yourself?

Michigan law allows you, through a Health Care Power of Attorney, to appoint a representative to speak and make treatment decisions for you if you are unable to. A Health Care Power of Attorney also allows you to make your treatment preferences known, and more importantly preferences related to life-sustaining treatment. A new Michigan law also allows you to appoint someone to make your mental health treatment decisions for you. If you do not have this document in place and you become incapacitated, the court will appoint a Guardian to make decisions on your behalf.

An Advance Directive or a "Living Will" does not give someone else the power to act for you, but it helps make your wishes known if you become too sick to communicate your preferences.

Durable Power of Attorney / Financial Power of Attorney

Who do you trust to manage your finances if you become incapacitated?

A Durable Power of Attorney designates an agent to manage your financial affairs if you become legally incapacitated. This POA goes into effect only when needed, and is "durable," lasting as long as you are incapacitated.

Our attorneys take care to tailor these powerful documents to your individual situation. Contact us today to learn more.

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