Cohen & Best, P.A.,
understands the importance of
protecting our clients' dignity, privacy, and ability to
control their own lives. Powers of attorney and living
wills allow individuals to delegate decisions of
importance which involve medical care and financial
considerations to someone whom they trust.
This person, also known as an Agent, may perform
specific authorized acts on behalf of the principal.
These acts may range from:
Dealing with bank records and finances.
Signing checks for specific important matters.
Make medical & healthcare decisions in the the event
of diminished capacity of the principle.
Powers of Attorney may specifically designate broad
authority or limit authority depending upon the
circumstance and situation. Make sure your rights are
protected and well defined in the event a "power of
attorney" must be administered. Contact an experienced
Lakeland "Power of Attorney" Lawyer at
Cohen & Best, P.A.,
or use our
case submission form.
Durable Powers of Attorney
In the case of incapacity of the principle, a durable
power of attorney allows you to prepare for the
possibility that you may be unable to manage your
financial, medical, or personal affairs. A durable power
of attorney also may protect your interests in the event
you are injured and loose consciousness or go into a
coma. Another important function of a durable Power of
Attorney is to help avoid a future guardianship
proceeding in the event of incapacitation. A
guardianship is a Court proceeding in which the Court
appoints someone to handle your personal or financial
Powers of Attorney for Medical Care
A Power of Attorney for medical / healthcare permits you
to appoint an agent to make medical decisions for you,
in the event that you are incapacitated or otherwise
unable to make medical decisions. A Medical Power of
Attorney is important because it it allows you to
maintain control over who makes medical decisions on
your behalf, rather than relying on hospitals or their
Powers of Attorney for Financial or Property
You may also utilize a Power of Attorney to allow you
agent to assist in handling your finances in the event
that you are physically or mentally unable to. If you
are ever incapacitated for any reason, a Power of
Attorney is an essential estate planning tool for your
financial well being.
We cannot stress enough the importance of drafting a
power of attorney because once you are incapacitated, it
is already too late.