Legal Help With Powers of Attorney in Bethesda, MD
Reliable documents safeguard the health and welfare of vulnerable loved ones
Situations often arise in life where it becomes necessary for one person to assume the decision-making authority for another. Under certain circumstances, the law allows authority to be transferred voluntarily or involuntarily for the health and welfare of the person in question. Bauersfeld, Burton, Hendricks & Vanderhoof, LLC assists when both parties agree that a voluntary transfer of power is in their best interest. Our Bethesda lawyers draft clear, definitive documents related to:
- Durable powers of attorney
- Living wills (advance medical directives)
- Medical powers of attorney
- Uncontested guardianship
Helping adult children adjust to caring for their parents
It is always emotionally jarring for a child, even when he or she is grown, to assume legal responsibility for a parent. Our Bethesda power of attorney lawyers exercise the greatest care and sensitivity in discussing these issues. Though we emphasize the utility of the instrument, and the obvious advantages it provides for assuring an elder loved one gets proper care, we appreciate the magnitude of that moment in the parent-child relationship. With characteristic patience, our estate planning attorneys put our clients at ease as they contemplate the pros and cons of medical power of attorney, which empowers a person designated to make decisions related to health and treatment, and durable power of attorney, which gives authority for health, welfare and finances. While most powers of attorney are meant to be used in emergencies, when the person in question cannot respond or act, an uncontested guardianship may be more appropriate where an older person has permanently lost capacity due to infirmity or illness.
Deciding on your medical options with a living will
Our Maryland estate planning services also allow you to set parameters for your medical treatment with an advance medical directive, also called a living will. Our Bethesda attorneys discuss your options, explaining the meaning and consequences of each. Our team puts you in charge, with orders that respect your wishes for the level of intervention you find acceptable.