Power of Attorney in Bonita Springs, Florida

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In Bonita Springs, Florida, power of attorney is an arrangement in which one person (the principal) gives another (the attorney-in-fact) the capacity to act on the principal's behalf in certain situations, and under certain conditions. Power of attorney might be authorized 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 authorized, and it's simply not feasible to totally eliminate this possibility. It can be minimized, however, by giving the attorney the bare minimum amount of power 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 authorizing 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 example, some people have particular 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.

Occasionally, you can find pre-printed forms in Bonita Springs, Florida permitting you to easily draft a power of attorney document. In some cases, this may be all you need. These forms already have the basics of such an agreement committed to writing. All you and the other party have to do is fill in the blanks, per the instructions, and possibly have the forms notarized.

Types of Power of Attorney Arrangements in Bonita Springs, Florida

In Bonita Springs, Florida, power of attorney can take three basic forms. They are as follows:

1. Limited power of attorney - this allows 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 happening 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 finalize 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, completing the deal. The power you've granted them would expire automatically once the deal is done.

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 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 frequently 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 Bonita Springs, Florida Lawyer Help?

Because setting up a power of attorney agreement is not always easy in Bonita Springs, Florida, 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 Bonita Springs

Bonita Springs plays host to 45,000 Lee County residents who are also incorporated into the Cape Coral-Fort Myers Metropolitan Area. Bonita Springs is home to a host of lawyers. Bonita Springs lawyers take all kinds of cases and are licensed to practice in every county throughout the state.. One of the reasons Bonita Springs is so popular is a result of the tropical climate that only dips down to 65 degrees Fahrenheit in January. It is also the northernmost city on the west coast of Florida bordering the Estero Bay and Gulf of Mexico. The Everglades Wonder Garden is another popular destination flush with wildlife like alligators, birds, panthers, flamingos, and bears among many others. There's also a botanical garden.  

Bonita Springs is home to a number of attractions that are frequented by citizens and seasonal tourists alike. The Art League of Bonita Springs hosts local and traveling exhibitions and offers classes and community events. The Bonita Beach Park is a very popular beach that stretches 2.3 acres of waterfront which includes 8 picnic shelters, a swimming area, sand dunes, and lots of space to barbecue and enjoy the gorgeous Florida weather. 

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