Power of Attorney in Thomasville, Georgia

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In Thomasville, 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 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.

If you have a strong preference with respect to end-of-life care, but worry that you might be unable to express your wishes when the time comes, you may want to give a family member the legal authority to make such choices for you, if necessary. Of course, the power you grant them should be clearly limited to medical decisions, if that's all you want them to be able to decide. It should further clearly state that this power will not really vest until and unless you actually become incapacitated. For reasons that should be obvious, you should only give this power to a person you trust.

Sometimes, you can find pre-printed forms in Thomasville, Georgia allowing 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 Thomasville, Georgia

In Thomasville, Georgia, 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 - 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 authorizes 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 really take effect until the occurrence of some mentioned event. This event can be anything, but it is often 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 Thomasville, Georgia Lawyer Help?

Because setting up a power of attorney agreement is not always simple in Thomasville, Georgia, it's never imprudent to at least talk 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 Thomasville

Thomasville is located in Thomas County, Georgia, and is the county seat. With a population of 19,000, it is the second largest city in the Southwest Georgia region.

Thomasville is best known as "The City of Roses". The city maintains over 7,000 rose plants located in various spots throughout the city. Many residents also grow their own rose plants for display. A Rose Festival is held every year at the end of April, where rose cultivators from all over the world display their prize rose specimens. The festival includes street shows, dancing, vendor displays, and plentiful selections of food.

The city of Thomasville prides itself on preserving American history and culture. Popular historic sites include the Thomasville Cultural Center, Thomasville Landmarks, and the Thomas County Historical Society Museum of History. The historical sites attract numerous tourists every year.

Thomasville lawyers can usually assist you by filing your claim at the Municipal Court of Thomasville. The municipal court is the first avenue of relief for most types of legal claims. Many lawyers in Thomasville, Georgia are members of the Thomas County Bar Association in addition to the Georgia State Bar.

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