Durable Power of Attorney

durable powers of attorney

Durable Power of Attorney are legal documents authorizing a qualified person of your choosing to make health and financial decisions for you, or take action on your behalf, in the event that you become incapacitated or declared incompetent.

Main Purpose

    • Avoids Conservatorship – Court appointed guardian.
    • Provides flexibility to the named spouse or family member if incapacitation occurs.
    • Designates a successor should both spouses become unable to act.

Reasons to have California Durable Powers of Attorney

    • A person of your own choosing will handle your health and financial affairs if necessary. This is usually your spouse or one of your children, but it can be any qualified person.
    • It enables you to keep your affairs in the family and out of public records of the courts.
    • It avoids costs of guardianship (attorney fees, court costs, bonds).