Attorney Eric J. Smith is an experienced estate planning lawyer who assists clients in drafting and revising various documents that protect their futures. Apart from standard wills and trusts, there are many other directive documents that people use to put their wishes in writing. These documents ensure that your affairs are handled appropriately if you are to become physically or mentally incapable of handling your affairs yourself. Eric assists clients with general power of attorneys and declarations of guardianship for adults and minor children. The Law Office of Eric J. Smith serves clients in Grand Prairie, TX, as well as Dallas County, Johnson County, and Tarrant County, TX.
Do you want to protect your interests in the event that you become incapacitated or otherwise unable to handle your responsibilities? With the right legal documents in place, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that important matters will be taken care of appropriately. Contact us today in order to learn more about your options and schedule an appointment with Attorney Smith. Either call (817) 860-2800 or fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
A general power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that grants someone else the power to act on your behalf in a broad sense. The actions taken typically include handling your personal finances and business affairs. A general power of attorney is effective when you plan to be out of the country. In this situation, you may need someone else to handle important matters. They are also useful if you are to become physically or mentally incapacitated. Illness or injury could render you unable to manage your own financial affairs. These documents can be an integral part of your estate plan in certain situations.
Besides general POAs, there are other types of power of attorney documents that can be used to achieve various goals. A special power of attorney specifies the exact duties of the person you appoint. These may include selling property, handling debts, conducting business transactions and more. If other life commitments or health issues stop you from handling matters such as these, a special power of attorney can give a person who you trust the legal authority to handle them for you. Other types, such as healthcare POAs, allow you to give instructions regarding your medical care if you are unable to communicate your wishes or make decisions for yourself. Attorney Eric Smith can guide you through your options. He will help you create a power of attorney that meets your unique needs.
A declaration of guardianship is another type of legal directive document. It specifies who you want to serve as your legal guardian if you ever become incapacitated. There are two types of guardians that you may elect. First, the guardian of your estate will possess and manage all of the assets in your estate. Second, the guardian of your person is responsible for making decisions regarding your daily care and living arrangements. Rather than create a document that outlines all of your specific wishes, a declaration of guardianship allows you to let a trusted loved one make these decisions on your behalf if necessary.
The parents of a minor child or incapacitated adult are their natural legal guardians. When one parent dies or becomes incapacitated, the surviving parent becomes the sole guardian. However, if both parents are deceased or incapacitated, a court will select a guardian. You may create a declaration of guardianship for a minor child to specify that person ahead of time. We serve clients in Grand Prairie, TX, and nearby areas.