Power of Attorney Lawyers in Pittsburgh

Choose Who You Want To Help You When You Need It With A Power Of Attorney (POA) Lawyer in Western Pennsylvania Today

The legal power of attorney lawyers at Richards & Richards, LLP in Pittsburgh, have been preparing healthcare directives and financial directive for individuals, the elderly, and their families throughout western Pennsylvania for three generations. Our local estate planning attorneys will guide through the different types of power of attorney and guide you depending on your unique needs.

What Is A Legal Power Of Attorney?

A legal power of attorney (POA) is a tool that can be used to give someone full or limited rights to make decisions or perform certain acts in your place. Many people are familiar with using the limited power of attorney to give a company or group voting rights for stock they may own. A legal power of attorney can also be used to allow family members or your designated representative the power to write checks, pay bills, sell real estate or assets, make inquiries into certain accounts, close accounts, invest, and designate someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated (a healthcare directive or living will).

What Types Of Legal Powers Of Attorney Are Available?

Basically, a legal power of attorney can be customized to cover virtually any situation. They can be limited in scope or duration. Typically, powers of attorney are fall into one of three categories:

  • Durable Power of Attorney – allows your agent to continue to act on your behalf if you become incapacitated.
  • Non-durable Power of Attorney – includes a general or limited power of attorney, and terminates upon you becoming incapacitated.
  • Springing Power of Attorney – takes effect on the occurrence of a named specified event, which could be your incapacitation.

Make Sure Your Affairs Are In Order

A key part of preparing for all possible eventualities is choosing who you would trust to make key decisions for you. We can craft the power of attorney you need to give the right people the power to act on your behalf. Call 412-261-2620 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.