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Utilizing Powers of Attorney

Fort Myers Estate Planning Attorneys

A power of attorney gives one person ("agent" or "attorney-in-fact") the power to act on behalf of another person (the "principal"). A power of attorney may be considered durable or non-durable. Only a durable power of attorney will be effective even after the principal becomes incapacitated and is unable to manage their affairs, while a non-durable power of attorney will not survive incapacity.

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Why is a durable power of attorney crucial for everyone?

A life changing event can occur at any time. Once such an event occurs and a person suffers a substantial and traumatic health event, it is too late to plan ahead. At that point, an individual who is unable to manage their own daily affairs will be unable to give that ability to another person. Bills may go unpaid, real estate might go un-managed, investments could suffer, and other daily obligations could be left unchecked.

Power of attorney could ensure the care of your important affairs, including:
  • Monthly bills
  • Medical decisions
  • Financial investments
  • Guardianship responsibilities

The only way to prevent this occurrence at minimal cost is with a properly drafted power of attorney. A person may make a durable power of attorney that gives any number of powers or abilities to another individual. Most individuals give their powers of attorney broad powers to act on their behalf in all areas of their personal affairs.

Types of Power of Attorney Available

A principal might not always want to give their attorney-in-fact wide ranging powers over all their affairs. In this instance, a power of attorney may still aid individuals who only want to assign certain powers to their agent. Limited powers of attorney are useful to give just certain limited powers to individuals, which include the ability to execute a contract, sell or purchase real property, or participate in a business transaction.

Do you need an attorney from Your Advocates?

Whether you desire a Durable Power of Attorney or a Limited Power of Attorney, an estate planning attorney is needed to make sure your goals are met. Give yourself piece of mind.

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  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • Diana Castrillon
    Diana Castrillon Attorney
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More

  • Diana Castrillon Attorney
    Diana Castrillon

    Ms. Castrillon has been in practice for over 19 years in the State of Florida. Diana started her practice as a defense attorney representing insurance companies, and for the last 17 years, Ms. Castrillon has been representing only injured workers in Workers’ Compensation cases.

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