I am a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust Probate Law, The State Bar of... more
I am a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust Probate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. My firm has offices in St Helena (Napa County) and Fairfield and Vallejo (Solano County). My practice is entirely devoted to trusts and estates, including the drafting of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance directives (health care powers); estate, gif... view profile
A power of attorney is a document you sign to give someone else the right to make legal decisions for you. Unlike a guardianship, you determine the decision makers' authority by the language used in the power of attorney form; you can limit it to health matters, financial issues, or any combination of powers that suits your needs. For example, if you are having heart surgery, you might consider appointing a family member with power of attorney over your health care, in case decisions need to be made and you aren't able to make them. Lawyers with expertise drafting power of attorney forms make sure the decision-making authority you are giving someone matches what you have in mind.