Power of Attorney in Alpharetta, Georgia

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In Alpharetta, Georgia, 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 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 actually become incapacitated. Presumably, if you are able to make and express your own medical decisions, you'll want to do it yourself.

In Alpharetta, Georgia, you can find pre-printed power-of-attorney forms in many office supply stores. If the agreement you want to create isn't very complex, these could be a viable and very affordable option. Of course, it never hurts to have a lawyer help.

Types of Power of Attorney Arrangements in Alpharetta, Georgia

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

1. Limited power of attorney - this is the most limited form of power of attorney. It lets the attorney-in-fact exercise his or her power once, and in only one instance (laid out by the principal, of course). This is typically used in business deals, if it is not convenient for the actual party to a deal to be physically present for the signing of some documents, it can be done through an attorney-in-fact. You simply need to give them the power to sign the paperwork on your behalf, and it will be just as binding as if you had signed the documents yourself.

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 usually 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 allowed to act in that context.

3. Springing power of attorney - this is similar to durable power of attorney, but the power is conditional. That is, it does not take effect unless some specific event takes place. This event can be anything. Most often, however, the agreement allows the attorney-in-fact to make important medical and financial decisions for the principal, only in the event that the principal becomes incapacitated. However, there are sometimes disagreements over whether or not a person is actually "incapacitated" to the point that the power of attorney has been triggered. This can lead to a court of law having to decide the issue.

Can a Alpharetta, Georgia Lawyer Help?

Setting up a power of attorney arrangement in Alpharetta, Georgia can be easy, but it can also be very complicated. 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 Alpharetta

Alpharetta, Georgia is a medium-sized city in Fulton County. It has a population of approximately 65,000 residents, and is known for being one of the most affluent cities in Georgia. It is also home to a huge number of businesses, for a city its size. During the workweek, employees of these businesses commute to the city, and its population balloons to over 120,000 people.

The huge number of employers Alpharetta, Georgia means that Alpharetta, Georgia lawyers are kept busy. Because of this large number of employers, the economy of Alpharetta, Georgia is quite vibrant, and while not untouched by the recent recession, endured it better than many other places in the U.S.

For this reason, Forbes Magazine, in 2009, named Alpharetta, Georgia as the #1 "reloville" in the U.S. By this, they mean it is one of the best places for professionals to relocate to in order to improve their economic situation. Perhaps testifying to this fact, about 70% of this city's residents were born someplace else.

Of course, where there are many businesses, there are going to be a lot of lawyers.

Alpharetta, Georgia lawyers are experienced in a wide variety of legal areas. In a thriving community such as Alpharetta, they have to be if they wish to state competitive.

Accordingly, if you need to hire an Alpharetta, Georgia lawyer, you probably won't have much trouble finding one who can handle your legal issue, at an agreeable price.

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