Power of Attorney in Union City, California

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In Union City, California, power of attorney is an arrangement in which one person (the principal) gives another (the attorney-in-fact) the ability to act on the principal's behalf in specific situations, and under specific conditions. Power of attorney might be granted for any number of reasons, but it is most frequently set up to allow the attorney-in-fact to make financial and medical decisions on the principal's behalf in the event that the principal becomes incapacitated.

If you are giving someone power of attorney, it's up to you to decide precisely what kind of decisions they will be able to make, and when they'll be able to make them. In any case, however, it's very important that you completely trust the person to whom you're granting this authority, since any power of attorney, even if it's very limited in scope, can be abused. Obviously, whatever type and amount of power you wish to give will depend on your intentions, as well as many external factors.

One very prevalent reason for granting power of attorney is that the grantor believes that they might become incapacitated, due to age or illness, in the relatively near future, and they want to make sure that their preferences relating to care at the end of their life are followed. Of course, if nobody knows what that person's preferences are, and the patient is unable to express them, family members and doctors will simply have to guess. Obviously, there's a good chance that they could get it wrong. Consequently, you should make your desires well-known to those who will be in a position to implement it, and grant, in writing, a person you trust (such as a spouse, life partner, sibling, or adult child) the power to carry out your wishes, if necessary.

In Union City, California, 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 Union City, California

Power of attorney in Union City, California takes 3 main forms. Which one is appropriate for you depends on your distinct situation. They are:

1. Limited power of attorney - this is probably the most limited type of power of attorney. It lets someone act on your behalf in a single instance. It is used most frequently in large sales transactions involving a written contract. If the closing of the deal is set to take place far away from where one of the parties is located, they can give limited power of attorney to someone who is closer. All you have to do is give that person the authority to act on your behalf in this one transaction. This authority automatically expires once the deal is finished.

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 example, if you want someone to handle your financial affairs for a time, you can give them the relevant authority in your power of attorney agreement, and it will last as long as you want it to. Of course, you should only give such power to someone you trust.

3. Springing power of attorney - under this arrangement, the attorney-in-fact does not get power of attorney until the happening of some stated event. The specified event is typically the incapacity or disability of the principal, though it can be virtually any event you wish. You should be aware, however, that it is not always clear when the principal has become sufficiently "disabled" for the power of attorney to take effect. This question sometimes has to be determined by a court, which can be costly and time-consuming.

Can a Union City, California Lawyer Help?

Because setting up a power of attorney agreement is not always straightforward in Union City, California, it's never imprudent to at least speak 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 Union City

Union City, California is located in the East Bay of the San Francisco, Bay Area. It is a short drive from Silicon Valley. Surrounding cities include Fremont, Hayward, and Newark. Union City is home to approximately 69,516 people, and caters to a very diverse population.

Top employers in Union City include Wal-Mart, Dreyer's, Masonic Homes, Caravan Trading Company, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the school district. Many residents also make the commute and work in the tech companies of Silicon Valley.

Being so close to Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Union City residents enjoy the best of both worlds when it comes to legal services. Many small, mid-size, and large multinational law firms have location in Silicon Valley, catering to the small start-ups, and mid to large corporations. San Francisco has large law firms, as well as small to mid-size firms that believe in personalized legal services. Either way, Union City residents have access to a competent legal force that can handle issues in all areas of law.

Popular attractions in Union City include the San Francisco Bay Area Flight 93 Memorial in Sugar Mill Landing Park. This is the first monument devoted to honoring the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, which was bound for San Francisco but was hijacked and crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. Other popular attractions include the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve and the Masonic Homes.

All in all, Union City is a wonderful place to visit and live in!

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