Blogs :: Why Do I Need a Power of Attorney?

Powers of Attorney may be necessary in certain situations, some which can be prepared for in advance and others which may be for immediate needs.

Take the situation where two people are purchasing a house together and one of them will be traveling out of the area on the day of closing. A Power of Attorney can be completed ahead of time giving the other person the ability to sign on the traveler’s behalf. With a Power of Attorney on file, closing on the house could proceed as planned.

A more immediate situation happened to an elder client. She had been involved in a car accident which sent her to the hospital and her car to the tow yard. It had been her request that the vehicle be brought to a particular body shop; however, the tow truck driver selected by the police on the scene, was only authorized by his company to bring the car to his tow yard. In order to get the vehicle transferred to the body shop of choice, the company needed either communication from the owner of the vehicle or a Power of Attorney signed by my client (the owner) and hand-delivered to the tow yard.

My client had not prepared a general Power of Attorney nor was she able to sign one then due to her condition in the hospital after the accident. The car would have to remain in the impound lot, possibly incurring storage fees, until my client was able to handle the situation.

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