Powers of Attorney

POWERS OF ATTORNEY

Everyone is at risk of becoming incapacitated and not being able to manage his or her financial affairs.  A power of attorney or POA allows a person, usually referred to as a principal, to name someone to manage his or her affairs.

1.         “Durable” Power

To provide for a potential disability, a person executes a durable power of attorney.  A durable power of attorney has language that causes it to continue in effect even when the principal becomes disabled.  Also, under Texas and most other states’ laws, a notary public must acknowledge the principal’s signature.  The usual POA is no longer effective when the principal becomes disabled. Read More...

Care for Pets

Pets are an important part of many people’s lives. If you are one of those people, what would happen to your pets if you died or became disabled?  What would happen if your spouse is not around to care for the animal?

The pet owner needs to provide for two different scenarios.  One scenario is where the person is temporarily unavailable to take care of his or her animal.  In advance of a need, the pet owner needs to find a caregiver to take care of the animal for a limited time.  There should be a procedure so the caregiver knows that they need to take action. Read More...