Power of Attorney in Trumbull, Connecticut

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In Trumbull, Connecticut, 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 certain situations, and under certain conditions. Power of attorney might be granted for any number of reasons, but it is most often 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.

Any power-of-attorney arrangement creates the possibility that the attorney-in-fact will abuse the power he or she has been granted, and it's simply not feasible to completely eliminate this possibility. It can be minimized, however, by giving the attorney the bare minimum amount of authority needed to carry out your wishes, and making your wishes known in writing (with copies held by at least one other person) well in advance. When granting power of attorney, you can generally grant as much authority as you want, so you need to be very careful, and only give this legal authority to somebody you know and trust. Also, you should consider your circumstances and objectives when determining what type of power to grant.

For instance, some people have specific wishes, whether based on religion or personal preference, about how they should be cared for at the end of their life. Oftentimes, people who are at the end of their lives become unable to express their wishes. Therefore, it becomes necessary to have somebody else who knows what they would want, and has the legal authority to give effect to those wishes.

Generally, you can find forms in Trumbull, Connecticut that let you easily draft a power of attorney document. However, if a large amount of money is at stake, or you wish to grant very specific and limited powers, you should probably consult with a lawyer beforehand.

Types of Power of Attorney Arrangements in Trumbull, Connecticut

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

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 complete, but a few documents need to be signed. The buyer could give a resident of that state power of attorney, allowing 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 - this gives the attorney in fact the power to make decisions on a general area of the principal's affairs (for example, the power to access the principal's assets to pay the principal's debts, or the power to make healthcare decisions on behalf of the principal). Unlike limited power of attorney, durable power of attorney does not expire unless the principal revokes it. This is useful, because it allows the attorney-in-fact to make important decisions for the principal if the principal becomes incapacitated.

3. Springing power of attorney - this is a form of power of attorney which doesn't actually take effect until the occurrence of some specified event. This event can be anything, but it is typically the principal becoming disabled. You should be aware, though, that it is not always clear what "disabled" means in such an agreement, which can result in disagreements, resulting in litigation.

Can a Trumbull, Connecticut Lawyer Help?

Because setting up a power of attorney agreement is not always easy in Trumbull, Connecticut, 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 Trumbull

The town of Trumbull is located in Fairfield, Connecticut. It has consistently been ranked by several magazines as one of the top 100 best places to live in the U.S. In 1997, a time capsule was planted at the city's Bicentennial Fountain, to be opened on October 12, 2097, which would mark the city's tri-centennial anniversary.

Part of Trumbull's appeal lies in its many attractions and places to visit. For example, popular tourist sites include the Trumbull Nature Arts Center, the Trumbull Historical Society Museum, and the Town Hall Gazebo. The Town Hall Gazebo hosts several night concerts during the summer season.

Trumbull is also home to the Tashua Recreation Facility, a 268 acre facility that houses basketball and tennis courts, playgrounds, a swimming pool and a multi-purpose field. Outdoor enthusiasts also have plenty of opportunities for activities, as Trumbull has dedicated over 1,600 acres for recreation and open space parks.

Lawyers in Trumbull, Connecticut spend much of their time at the Fairfield Judicial District Superior Court, where they litigate a variety of legal claims. Many Trumbull lawyers are members of multiple Bar Associations in addition to the Connecticut Bar Association.

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