Power of Attorney in Salem, Oregon

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Power of attorney in Salem, Oregon is a legal setup in which one person (the principal) grants another (the attorney-in-fact) the authority to make legally binding decisions on his or her behalf. This is done for a number of reasons, both personal and business-related, but it is often done to allow the attorney-in-fact to make critical decisions for the principal in the event that the principal becomes incapacitated or disabled, and thereby unable to make his or her own decisions.

The principal is able to dictate the particular scope of the attorney-in-fact's authority. If you are giving someone power of attorney, you're probably planning on giving it to a close friend, family member, or life partner. The exact scope of the power is up to you, and will depend on what your goals are.

For instance, if you have very particular desires for your end-of-life care, but are worried that you won't be able to express your wishes when the time comes, you can grant someone power of attorney in advance, so they'll be able to ensure that your wishes are carried out, if necessary. You should draft an agreement giving the attorney-in-fact power of attorney only in the event that you actually become incapacitated. Presumably, if you are able to make and express your own medical decisions, you'll want to do it yourself.

In Salem, Oregon, you can find pre-printed power-of-attorney forms in many office supply stores. If the agreement you want to create isn't very complex, these could be a viable and very affordable option. Of course, it never hurts to have a lawyer help.

Types of Power of Attorney Arrangements in Salem, Oregon

In Salem, Oregon, power of attorney can take three basic forms. They are as follows:

1. Limited power of attorney - limited power of attorney gives the attorney-in-fact the power to act on your behalf on a single issue, in a single transaction. For instance, if you are purchasing a house in another state, you may wish to grant limited power of attorney to a friend or relative who lives in that state, so they can sign all of the relevant documents on your behalf, so you don't have to incur travel expenses. For obvious reasons, you should only grant this authority to someone you trust. Once the transaction is complete, the power of attorney automatically disappears.

2. Durable power of attorney - unlike limited power of attorney, this does not automatically expire, and can last as long as the principal wishes. It can also be revoked by the principal. For instance, if you want someone to handle your financial affairs for a time, you can give them the relevant power in your power of attorney agreement, and it will last as long as you want it to. Of course, you should only give such authority to someone you trust.

3. Springing power of attorney - this is a lot like durable power of attorney, but it does not usually take effect immediately. Rather, the power vests on the occurrence of certain condition(s) laid out by the principal. The principal could make the condition anything he or she wants, allowing power of attorney to vest only if, say, a person flies to Saturn. Of course, these arrangements are usually not so outlandish. Usually the event that must take place is the principal becoming incapacitated. This allows the principal to make his or her own decisions while they're able, but also ensures that someone they trust will be able to carry out their wishes in the event that they become too sick or weak to express them.

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Because setting up a power of attorney agreement is not always easy in Salem, Oregon, it's never imprudent to at least consult with a lawyer beforehand. As with any legal agreement, there are things that can go wrong, which laypersons may not foresee.

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Life in Salem

Salem, Oregon is the capital of the state of Oregon, and the county seat of Marion County. It is located in the center of the scenic Willamette Valley, on the banks of the Willamette River. It is the third-largest city in the state of Oregon, with a population of 155,000.

Salem, OR was first settled by Europeans in 1812, where explorers established it as a trading post. In the 1840s, more permanent settlement came in the form of Christian missionaries. Shortly thereafter, Salem became the capital of the Oregon Territory, and continued to serve in this capacity when Oregon became a state in 1859. 

Because it is the state capital, Salem, Oregon's economy is supported heavily by jobs created by the state government, which is the largest employer in Salem. In addition to employing all of the state elected officials in Oregon, from the governor down to state legislators, the government of Oregon, through its many agencies headquartered in Salem, employs a large number of administrative personnel, and other professionals. In particular, the state government employs many Salem, Oregon lawyers.

In Salem, there are also many lawyers in private practice. Salem, Oregon is home to Willamette University School of Law, which is part of the oldest university in the Western United States. Willamette University's law school has graduated hundreds of successful Salem, Oregon lawyers throughout its long history. 

If you are facing a legal issue in Salem, Oregon and need assistance, it's highly likely that you'll be able to find a Salem, Oregon attorney who can help you.

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