Power of Attorney in Pembroke Pines, Florida

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In Pembroke Pines, Florida, 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 particular situations, and under particular conditions. Power of attorney might be granted for any number of reasons, but it is most commonly 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 typically 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, if you have very specific desires for your end-of-life care, but are worried that you won't be able to express your wishes when the time comes, you can grant someone power of attorney in advance, so they'll be able to ensure that your wishes are carried out, if necessary. You should draft an agreement giving the attorney-in-fact power of attorney only in the event that you really become incapacitated. Presumably, if you are able to make and express your own medical decisions, you'll want to do it yourself.

In Pembroke Pines, Florida, you can probably find pre-printed forms at office supply stores available for purchase. They already have the basic terms of a power-of-attorney agreement written, and just require the parties to fill in the blanks with names, dates, and a few other details.

Types of Power of Attorney Arrangements in Pembroke Pines, Florida

In Pembroke Pines, Florida, power of attorney can take three main 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 fulfilled, but a few documents need to be signed. The buyer could give a resident of that state power of attorney, permitting 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 normally 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 authorized to act in that context.

3. Springing power of attorney - this is a lot like durable power of attorney, but it does not normally take effect immediately. Instead, the power vests on the occurrence of particular condition(s) laid out by the principal. The principal could make the condition anything he or she wants, permitting power of attorney to vest only if, say, a person flies to Saturn. Of course, these arrangements are normally not so outlandish. Normally the event that must take place is the principal becoming incapacitated. This permits 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 Pembroke Pines, Florida Lawyer Help?

Because there are sometimes convoluted issues involved in setting up power of attorney in Pembroke Pines, Florida, you should consult with a lawyer beforehand. You can tell the lawyer all of the relevant details about your individual situation, and your goals, and he or she will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

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Life in Pembroke Pines

Pembroke Pines is the 157th largest city in the United States and still manages to win "All America City Awards" and outstanding achievement in the Civil Livability Awards Program. The 150,000 residents of Pembroke Pines are also within the limits of Broward County that has won the Five Star School Award from the Florida department of Education. The schools were recognized for outstanding community involvement exemplifying the city's motto: "Join us and progress with us." Pembroke Pines was originally incorporated in 1960 and was named for the nearby road, Pembroke Road. The convenient location along the Florida Turnpike makes it a great place for commerce. In addition to an airport and the Broward Correctional Institution, Pembroke Pines also plays host to some of the best shopping in all of Broward County and maybe even the state. There are a number of shopping centers, malls, and outlet stores nearby. Many celebrities and sports stars call Pembroke Pines home. Baseball players Manny Ramirez, Jeff Fiorentino, Mike Napoli, and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kendall Newson all call Pembroke Pines home. Demographically, Pembroke Pines is very diverse. Many lawyers are residents of Pembroke Pines and are familiar with local legal issues and procedures. Pembroke Pines lawyers are knowledgeable of the Florida State Judicial System and will be able to help you figure out your options and fight for you.

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