Power of Attorney in Wheat Ridge, Colorado

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In Wheat Ridge, Colorado, 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.

If you have a strong preference with respect to end-of-life care, but worry that you might be unable to express your wishes when the time comes, you may want to give a family member the legal authority to make such arrangements for you, if necessary. Of course, the power you grant them should be clearly limited to medical decisions, if that's all you want them to be able to decide. It should additionally clearly state that this power will not directly vest until and unless you actually become incapacitated. For reasons that should be obvious, you should only give this power to a person you trust.

In Wheat Ridge, Colorado, you can sometimes find pre-printed forms that let you easily draft a power-of-attorney agreement. However, if your situation is particularly complex, you should probably have a lawyer draft it for you, to ensure that the agreement is enforceable, or that there are no surprises.

Types of Power of Attorney Arrangements in Wheat Ridge, Colorado

There are 3 power-of-attorney arrangements that can be set up in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Which one is best for you will largely depend on your goals, and your individual situation. They are:

1. Limited power of attorney - this lets the attorney-in-fact exercise limited authority in a single transaction. It is useful, for example, if someone is buying property in another state, and the deal is nearly done, but a few documents need to be signed. The buyer could give a resident of that state power of attorney, authorizing him or her to complete the transaction on the buyer's behalf. Conveniently, the power automatically terminates when the transaction is complete.

2. Durable power of attorney - unlike limited power of attorney, discussed above, this does not automatically expire, though the principal can end it at any time. It is typically not limited to a single transaction, either. Rather, it covers a broader subject matter, though it still has limits. For example, you could give someone durable power of attorney to make medical decisions for you, but they would only be permitted to act in that context.

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 Wheat Ridge, Colorado Lawyer Help?

Setting up a power of attorney arrangement in Wheat Ridge, Colorado can be easy, but it can also be very intricate. It just depends on what you're trying to do. However, if you are at all unsure about how to proceed, it would probably be a good idea to have an attorney draft the agreement for you.

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Life in Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge has a population of 32,000 people and is located in Jefferson County, Colorado, just west of Denver. It is situated just 5 miles away from the Colorado state Capital.

The city of Wheat Ridge was originally founded as early as 1859, and incorporated in 1969. The settlement began as a farming village which assisted nearby mining communities. The Wheat Ridge Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the city's history, which includes several log cabins which are still standing to this day.

Currently, Wheat Ridge has a thoroughly developed Parks and Recreation Department with several branches for various activities. Examples of recreational activities for Wheat Ridge residents include programs at the Active Adult Center and the Performances in the Park concert series held from July through August. The concert series draws many local and nationwide performers, and is a great example of the city's lively atmosphere and commitment to development.

Wheat Ridge lawyers typically file their claims at the Wheat Ridge Municipal Court. Some legal claims can also be heard at the Jefferson County Court. Many lawyers in Wheat Ridge, Colorado are members of different professional organizations such as the Jefferson County Bar Association.

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