What is a general power of attorney, and why do you need one?

You’re not alone in asking this question. Legal processes such as a power of attorney can be confusing for many people, especially if this is your first foray into the estate planning world.

Fortunately, attorney Kevin Kenney is here to help. He’s helped many people plan their estates and create their necessary powers of attorney — and he can do the same for you. Give him a call at 913-671-8008 or schedule a consult online today to get started.

In the meantime, you can learn a bit more about what a power of attorney is below, but remember: This information is not intended to be nor should it be taken as legal advice. You can only receive personalized legal advice by speaking directly with Kevin or his legal team.

What is Power of Attorney?

Simply put, a power of attorney is a legal document that designates an agent to carry out your wishes. These wishes can be anything from a simple one-time legal transaction to overseeing your medical care should you become incapacitated. Exactly what a power of attorney can do for you will depend upon your wishes for your agent’s responsibilities.

A power of attorney is an important part of estate planning. No one wants to think about their own demise or incapacitation, but you need to plan ahead to ensure your wishes are respected and followed.

Whether you are a parent to a young child, a single individual running their own business, or in any other unique circumstance, you will need a power of attorney in Kansas City.

What Does a Power of Attorney Do?

There are many different kinds of legal power of attorney out there. If you’re new to the estate planning process, it can be confusing to figure out which one is right for your needs.

That’s where estate attorney Kevin Kenney and his team come in. During your estate planning journey, they will evaluate your particular legal needs for a general power of attorney and determine which legal documents are best for you. Everyone’s situation is different, so only a legal expert can advise on what a power of attorney can do for you.

Keeping that in mind, attorney Kevin Kenney completes two types of power of attorney in Kansas City:

Non-Healthcare Power of Attorney

A general power of attorney in Kansas City allows you to designate an agent to act on your behalf, typically in a limited scope. A non-durable power of attorney like this is often used for only a set period of time and for a particular transaction (often a legal one). If you become incapacitated, the non-durable power of attorney ceases. While non-durable powers of attorney are less common than durable powers of attorney, they can still play an important role in your estate planning process.

You can also create a special or limited power of attorney for one-time financial or banking transactions, or for the sale of a particular property. Your agent will have no authority to act on your behalf other than what is assigned to them in this power of attorney document.

Healthcare Power of Attorney

A healthcare power of attorney — frequently known as a medical power of attorney — is much more common than a general power of attorney. This legal document designates an agent to take control over your healthcare decisions, should you become incapacitated or unable to do so. A healthcare power of attorney can also be part of a full power of attorney or a durable power of attorney that allows an agent to make more sweeping decisions on the part of an individual, should they be unable to do so themselves.

Attorney Kevin Kenney often combines a healthcare legal power of attorney with a living will as part of the estate planning process. A living will describes exactly what kind of healthcare decisions you want made should you become incapacitated, especially your wishes for end-of-life care. This way, your loved ones aren’t left guessing as to which medical treatments you want in an attempt to extend your life after a medical tragedy.

Kevin recommends that all individuals complete a healthcare power of attorney in conjunction with a living will. This is the best way to ensure your wishes are followed in case of your incapacitation.

If you’re asking, “What does power of attorney cover in my situation?” attorney Kevin Kenney and his team are happy to answer that question during an initial consultation.

Create Your Power of Attorney in Kansas City Today

It’s normal to still have questions about power of attorney for legal matters. You are always welcome to call attorney Kevin Kenney and his legal team at 913-671-8008 to talk about the questions and concerns you may have at this point. They will be ready to address all aspects of a general power of attorney, including answering:

  • What does power of attorney mean in my situation?
  • What does a power of attorney do for me?
  • What happens when you give someone power of attorney?

Whether you live in Kansas or Missouri, attorney Kevin Kenney can assist you through your legal power of attorney process. He is familiar with all of the Kansas and Missouri power of attorney laws, and he will ensure that your will writing and estate planning processes follow all the necessary steps.

Ready to get started? Call his offices at 913-671-8008 or schedule a consultation online.