Pittsburgh Lawyers Creating Powers of Attorney / Living Wills
At Julian Gray Associates, we create powers of attorney and living wills that enable our clients to entrust important decisions to people they can trust.
You may think that these documents are only useful in end-of-life situations or in times of incapacity. While that is their primary role, they can do much more.
An attorney at our firm can discuss the potential uses of these documents and how we can integrate them into your overall estate plan.
Power Of Attorney: A Key Part Of Estate Planning
We believe that the durable power of attorney is one of the most important estate planning documents. It can authorize another person to handle all financial matters for another. But, under Pennsylvania law, a power of attorney can also enable gifting for asset protection and other purposes. This can make it a very powerful tool, but the power of attorney must be drafted carefully.
The alternative to a power of attorney is a guardianship. These court proceedings are expensive, inflexible and require the guardian to go to court often. Properly drafted, a power of attorney can save money and allow additional estate planning options without the need to have a court guardianship proceeding.
Our attorneys will work to understand your needs, your family situation and your values. We can draft a power of attorney that can accomplish your goals, protect your assets and provide you with peace of mind.
The Benefits Of Creating A Living Will
Our attorneys are well-versed in drafting healthcare powers of attorney, as well as living wills. These documents entrust decisions regarding your health care to another person in both terminal and non-terminal health situations, should you be unable to make those decisions for yourself.
Recent state law changes to living wills, along with the new federal privacy laws such as HIPAA, may require the updating of an existing healthcare power of attorney and living will so that the options for use of this document are maximized. We can draft a new living will for you that complies with these laws. You and your family will have peace of mind in the knowledge that your wishes regarding medical treatment and end-of-life decisions will be carried out.
From our location in Green Tree, Pennsylvania, the attorneys of Julian Gray Associates serve clients in the greater Pittsburgh area and western Pennsylvania.