Anyone can find himself or herself in an incapacitated state at any age, due to illness or accident. As one of Boulder’s leading law firms, the attorneys at Caplan and Earnest LLC have helped countless families and individuals plan for the unexpected.
The firm is here to help individuals plan ahead so that they are prepared for the worst and can have confidence that their attorneys will use their knowledge and expertise to protect them.
There are multiple legal documents that we can establish to protect someone in the event that they are in a vegetative state or are suffering from a terminal illness, including a Power of Attorney.
A Power of Attorney allows you to choose who can legally make decisions for you if you are incapacitated. It is a legal protection that everyone should have.
An attorney who specializes in creating these documents can help you navigate the regulations specific to the state in which you live and the legal language in regards to setting up a Power of Attorney.
A Power of Attorney names a person who you trust to make certain decisions for you if you are in an on-going unresponsive state. Some of these decisions include the power to:
- Make financial decisions
- Recommend a guardian for your children
- Make monetary gifts
- Make health care decisions, including giving consent to continue, withhold or stop medical treatments.
The person granted this power is known as your “agent” or “attorney-in-fact.” Your agent should be someone you trust.
You can name anyone as your agent, but some of the more common choices for an agent include:
- Adult children
- Close friends
By working with an attorney, you can also be more specific when you choose who you want to make these decisions in the case that you are incapacitated. You can name one person, for example, as your agent only in the case that he or she must make the decision whether or not to continue medical treatment. You can also name a financial agent through a Financial Power of Attorney and a different medical agent through a Medical Power of Attorney.
Setting Up a Power of Attorney in Colorado
Each state has its own regulations in regards to powers of attorney. Caplan and Earnest LLC has been working with clients in the Boulder, Denver & Fort Collins, Colorado areas since 1969.
Contact Caplan and Earnest LLC at 303-443-8010 to discuss your specific legal and life goals. The firm’s attorneys focus on each client individually and work efficiently to protect every client.