An estate plan works like the operating system on your phone or computer. It runs in the background. However, it needs occasional updates to keep the plan current.
Does a person need a Power of Attorney document if that person already has a Last Will and Testament (‘Will’)? It is a good question.
Although laws vary from state to state, every state requires that less restrictive alternatives be considered before invoking a guardianship. These might include such vehicles as limited guardianships, powers of attorney or assisted decision-making agreements.
Only you know your capacity and willingness to serve, or the degree of need expressed by the person asking you. However, it should help to know first that if you do decide to accept, there can be help out there and second there are standard procedures and practices you can follow.
Stuck in a senior facility during the pandemic and unable to participate from far away, an elderly woman needed to sell her home but had never drafted her POA.
Dealing with a sick family member is a challenging and emotional time.