Power of Attorney in West Haven, Connecticut

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In West Haven, 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 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.

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 usually 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. Consequently, it becomes necessary to have somebody else who knows what they would want, and has the legal authority to give effect to those wishes.

Usually, you can find forms in West Haven, Connecticut that let you easily draft a power of attorney document. However, if a considerable 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 West Haven, Connecticut

There are 3 general arrangements that power of attorney can involve in West Haven, Connecticut. They are:

1. Limited power of attorney - this permits the attorney-in-fact to act on your behalf on a single subject, in one instance. This is a good option if you are involved in a business transaction occurring in another state or country. Suppose you want to buy a house on the other side of the country, and just need to sign a few papers to complete the deal. Rather than incurring the expense of traveling there, you could give limited power of attorney to a third party who lives in that state, and they can sign the paperwork for you, finalizing the deal. The power you've granted them would expire automatically once the deal is done.

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 permits the attorney-in-fact to make important decisions for the principal if the principal becomes incapacitated.

3. Springing power of attorney - this is a lot like durable power of attorney, but it does not typically take effect immediately. Alternatively, the power vests on the occurrence of specific condition(s) laid out by the principal. The principal could make the condition anything he or she wants, authorizing power of attorney to vest only if, say, a person flies to Saturn. Of course, these arrangements are typically not so outlandish. Typically the event that must take place is the principal becoming incapacitated. This grants 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.

Can a West Haven, Connecticut Lawyer Help?

Setting up a power of attorney arrangement in West Haven, Connecticut 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 West Haven

West Haven is known as "Connecticut's Youngest City", as it only recently incorporated 1961. Ironically, it is one of the oldest settlements in the nation dating back to the 1600's. The city is located in New Haven County and has a population of about 53,000. It was originally founded as a shipping and industrial center focusing on rubber production and buckle shops.

West Haven is home to several nationally-acclaimed schools such as the University of New Haven and Notre Dame High School. The city is also full of sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places such as the American Mills Web Shop and Old West Haven High School.

One of the main attractions in West Haven is the Savin Rock area. Savin Rock was originally home to a seaside resort and an amusement park for several decades. It has now been converted into a walk and beach path. These days the area hosts the annual Savin Rock Festival held every summer. The festival is a four-day event featuring music, food, and different musical bands every night.

Lawyers in West Haven, Connecticut spend a lot of their time in the New Haven County Superior Court, which hears a variety of different legal claims. Many West Haven lawyers are members of outstanding civic and professional organizations like the New Haven County Bar Association.

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