Just knowing that you are a power of attorney may not be enough for you to effectively undertake the role for your family member in Washington. Being sure that you are fully aware of your responsibilities and under what conditions you will be required to take over may help you to be more confident and effective in your efforts. At Cooney Law Offices, P.S., we are experienced in helping families in their efforts to plan and execute their estate.

Being the power of attorney enables you to function as a decision-maker for your family member who is no longer capable of making rational decisions alone. If you were asked to function in this role, chances are you exhibited important qualities including attention to detail, organization, integrity and compassion. Continuing to use these characteristics and honor the heritage of your loved one is something you have the chance to do as you think respectfully about the decisions your family member would have made independently if he or she were able to.

According to aplaceformom.com, being a power of attorney does not mean that you can do whatever you want. You will be strictly adhering to the desires and requests that your family member outlined in his or her estate plan. A critical fact to note is that you cannot be legally named as a power of attorney unless the family member you are standing in for, has legally signed documentation. When these documents are signed, that individual must still be fully competent and aware of his or her decision.

If you are working in conjunction with your family member’s legal documentation in the role of power of attorney, understanding the extent of your influence can make your efforts more effective. For more information about planning an estate, visit our web page.