Northbrook Powers of Attorney Law Firm

Helping Clients in Chicago area Maintain Peace of Mind

Powers of attorney are extremely important estate planning documents that can provide you with peace of mind, knowing that, should you become incapacitated or otherwise unable to act, your personal nominee will be able to speak or act for you. Without a properly executed power of attorney, a guardian may have to be appointed by the court to oversee your medical, legal and financial affairs.  Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the court-appointed guardian will make decisions according to your wishes and intentions.

Due to advances in modern medicine, people are living longer than ever and with that comes the likelihood that you may experience a time in your life when you will be unable to make decisions for yourself with regard to your health care or finances.  A comprehensive estate plan should include a medical power of attorney (or other advanced health care directive), as well as a property power of attorney, so that you can choose the person who will speak for you under these circumstances.

The knowledgeable Northbrook, Illinois estate planning attorneys at The Wochner Law Firm have considerable experience helping clients document their wishes and decisions in the event that they become incapacitated. Contact us at (847) 272-7360 to learn more about the ways in which your decisions can be protected through medical powers of attorney and property powers of attorney.

What is a medical power of attorney?

A medical or health care power of attorney is a legal document that grants your named agent the authority to make certain health care decisions on your behalf in the event that you are unable to make such decisions.  Legal documents known as advanced directives can also set forth guidelines that define more specifically what sorts of medical interventions you would like to pursue given particular circumstances.

What is a property power of attorney?

It is possible that you may become disabled or incapacitated over a period of time, and yet, because you are still alive, the terms and conditions of your existing will or a testamentary trust will not yet be relevant.  By preparing a property power of attorney, sometimes known as a durable power of attorney, you can ensure that your designated appointee is empowered to make decisions on your behalf concerning certain of your personal and business assets and other financial affairs.

How Can The Wochner Law Firm help?  

For more than 35 years, the knowledgeable Illinois wills and trusts attorneys at The Wochner Law Firm have been helping clients obtain peace of mind by developing a thorough estate plan that includes the appropriate legal documents, including a medical power of attorney, a property power of attorney, a will, trusts, and other estate planning documents as necessary.  Our offices are conveniently located along the Edens Expressway in Northbrook, Illinois.  Contact The Wochner Law Firm at (847) 272-7360 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Chicago-area estate planning attorneys to discuss the preparation of a power of attorney.