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WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATES
Wills, trusts and estates are an important part of our practice and a vital part of every family's plan. For decades, we've advised clients on estate issues, drafted revocable trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney and living wills, all customized to meet our clients' specific needs. Additionally, we handle trust administrations and the probate of estates for orderly, efficient results. Our attorneys handle estates of all sizes; we understand the peace of mind that comes when you know your estate plan will fulfill your exact wishes--and we can help you get it done. If you have questions about how to best plan for you and your spouse, your parents or someone you love, give us a call today.
A FLORIDA POWER OF ATTORNEY
What is a Power of Attorney?
A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that delegates authority from one person to another. As the maker of the Power of Attorney (the "principal"), you grant someone the right to act on your behalf. The type of authority granted must be specified in the POA document, and you may make it broad or limit it to specific actions.
Someone might also ask you to serve as his or her Power of Attorney for specific actions.
What are some uses of a Power of Attorney?
You can use a Power of Attorney to give another the right to sell a car, home or other property for you. You might also allow someone to access bank accounts, sign a contract, make health care decisions, handle financial transactions or sign legal documents for you. A Power of Attorney may give others the right to do almost any legal act that you could do, including the ability to create trusts and make gifts. These are powerful documents, so use them with care. You may also be asked to serve as the Power of Attorney for a parent or other person−a responsibility to be undertaken with care.
Does a Power of Attorney need witnesses or a notary?
If you are the principal, you must sign the Power of Attorney with two witnesses to your signature, and a notary must acknowledge your signature for the document to be properly executed and valid under Florida law. There are exceptions for military Powers of Attorney and for Powers of Attorney created under the laws of another state.
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