Power of Attorney in Waltham, Massachusetts

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Power of attorney in Waltham, Massachusetts allows one person to make certain decisions for another, under certain conditions. There are several reasons why one might grant power of attorney. However, most of them revolve around the possible incapacitation of the person granting the power - so that their wishes can be carried out even if they become unable to express them.

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 wishes concerning end-of-life care, you should, of course, make them clear to the person who will be acting on your behalf, and make sure they are prepared to carry them out. You should then grant them power of attorney, with the scope limited to certain healthcare and financial decisions. That way, if you become incapacitated, your loved one will be able to carry out your wishes, even if you are unable to express them.

In Waltham, Massachusetts, 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 Waltham, Massachusetts

In Waltham, Massachusetts, there are 3 forms of power of attorney. They are:

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 occurring 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 - 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 allows 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 actually take effect until the occurrence of some specified event. This event can be anything, but it is typically 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 Waltham, Massachusetts Lawyer Help?

Creating a power of attorney agreement in Waltham, Massachusetts is not always easy. And even if the arrangement you want to set up is relatively simple, it might still be a good idea to have a lawyer go over it, just to make sure that there are no flaws that might prevent it from being implemented.

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Life in Waltham

Waltham, Massachusetts has a population of just over 60,000 residents and is located in Middlesex County. The city has historical significance and is considered to play a pivotal role in the labor movement.

Waltham is often nicknamed "Watch City" because of the presence of Waltham Watch Company which has produced over 40 million watches and other time instruments before closing. Waltham also has a great music scene that brings together the community for various events throughout the year. The city is also a great place to be active -- with a 97 out of 100 points on the walkability rating system.

In addition to a good public school education system, Waltham also houses three colleges: Bentley University, Brandeis University, and Center for Digital Imaging Arts. With such an emphasis on learning, it is no surprise that there is such a great professional community in Waltham. Waltham lawyers, for example, are trained at some of the best schools and are skilled in a range of legal issues. From lawyers to accountants to bankers, Waltham is a city that is a great place to work.

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