Power of Attorney in Des Plaines, Illinois

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In Des Plaines, Illinois, 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.

The principal can state in advance the scope and nature of the attorney-in-fact's authority. The agreement should be very clear on this matter, so you give the attorney-in-fact enough power to carry out your instructions, but not more than they need in order to accomplish your objectives. Furthermore, the attorney-in-fact should be someone you trust, such as a family member or life partner. You also need to be cognizant of the fact that your distinct situation, as well as the actions you want the attorney to be able to take on your behalf, will help decide the most effective arrangement.

One very common reason for granting power of attorney is that the grantor believes that they might become incapacitated, due to age or illness, in the fairly near future, and they want to make sure that their preferences relating to care at the end of their life are followed. Of course, if nobody knows what that person's preferences are, and the patient is unable to express them, family members and doctors will simply have to guess. Obviously, there's a good chance that they could get it wrong. Therefore, you should make your desires well-known to those who will be in a position to implement it, and grant, in writing, a person you trust (such as a spouse, life partner, sibling, or adult child) the authority to carry out your wishes, if necessary.

Occasionally, you can find pre-printed forms in Des Plaines, Illinois 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 Des Plaines, Illinois

Power of attorney in Des Plaines, Illinois takes 3 main forms. Which one is appropriate for you depends on your individual case. They are:

1. Limited power of attorney - limited power of attorney gives the attorney-in-fact the power to act on your behalf on a single issue, in a single transaction. For instance, if you are purchasing a house in another state, you may wish to grant limited power of attorney to a friend or relative who lives in that state, so they can sign all of the relevant documents on your behalf, so you don't have to incur travel expenses. For obvious reasons, you should only grant this authority to someone you trust. Once the transaction is complete, the power of attorney automatically disappears.

2. Durable power of attorney - this gives the attorney-in-fact much more power than limited power of attorney. It can, in theory, give them unlimited power in a specific area of the principal's affairs. The document should lay out exactly what power the attorney-in-fact will wield. This agreement, when used carefully, can be very useful, allowing the attorney-in-fact to make important decisions for the principal as long as is necessary, because it does not automatically disappear after a single transaction. Also, the principal can revoke the power of attorney at any time.

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 usually 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 Des Plaines, Illinois Lawyer Help?

Because setting up a power of attorney agreement is not always easy in Des Plaines, Illinois, 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 Des Plaines

Des Plaines, Illinois is a community in Cook County, with a population of about 60,000 people. It is a suburb of the city of Chicago.

Des Plaines, Illinois enjoys a fairly high median household income, and a low cost of living, with the median income being about ,000 per year, and average home prices being around ,000.

Des Plaines, for a city its size, has a robust network of educational institutions, including a community college, and several specialized high school-level institutions, such as one focusing on fostering excellence in science and the arts, and private religious schools of various denominations.

Des Plaines, Illinois is a religiously-diverse city, and has several churches of different Christian denominations, as well as a Jewish temple, and an Islamic community center.

Des Plaines, Illinois is a good place to live for people who value diversity, especially those who work in Chicago, or the surrounding area. Its close proximity to city of Chicago, and its low cost of living, make Des Plaines a good option for young professionals who are ready to settle down.

Furthermore, there are plenty of Des Plaines, Illinois lawyers who are ready to help residents of the city and nearby communities with their legal issues. Des Plaines, Illinois lawyers can handle just about any legal problem one can throw at them.

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