Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Ontario, Upland,

Claremont, Rialto, Eastvale, Corona

909-945-2775

            officemarybader@verizon.net

Attorney At Law

Mary M. Bader

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PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE

It is heartbreaking  when a distraught person calls and asks to have a durable power of attorney

and/or an advanced heath care directive drafted for their parent because no one has authority to sign an admission form or to make medical decisions. The first question is always “Can your parent  make his own medical or financial decisions?” If not, the parent probably does not have capacity to sign these documents.  The child may have to file for a conservatorship to manage their parent’s affairs.  

 

You should consider this potential your life, and take the steps to provide for someone you trust to manage your person and finances in the event you are incapacitated.

You state who you want to manage your financial affairs either immediately, or upon your incapacity to do so.  This includes your wishes regarding your attorney-in-fact’s authorization to manage bank accounts, sign contracts, file/settle lawsuits, and buy/sell real estate, stocks, personal property etc. on your behalf.  A benefit of having a durable power of attorney is to minimize the potential for a conservatorship proceeding in the court.  

What does a durable power of attorney do?

You determine who you want to be your agent to make decisions concerning your person either immediately, or in the event you are incapacitated. Your agent can be given authority to make decisions in line with your instructions regarding where you will live, who can visit you, whether you want to be a donor, medical treatment and your funeral arrangements.  In addition, you give specific instructions regarding what medical measures you want in certain situations.  A well-crafted advanced health care directive gives specific direction in these areas so your agent and doctors are aware of your wishes and can make decisions accordingly.

What is an advanced health care directive?

Serving Rancho Cucamonga

and the Inland Empire since 2011.

Estate Planning which reflects your wishes.

909-945-2775