Do I Really Need a Power Of Attorney?

In this Elder Law Minute, Wes Coulson, Managing Attorney at Coulson Elder Law LLC, answers your questions about whether or not you need a power of attorney.

Do I Really Need a Power of Attorney?


Hi, I’m Wes Coulson, and this is your Elder Law Minute. A lot of times people will ask, “Do I really need a Power of Attorney?” Usually, when they’re asking they say, “Well, I’ve got my daughter’s and son’s names on all of my accounts.”

The answer is a definitive “yes.” Unfortunately, just having someone’s name on your accounts leaves a lot of holes in your plan. Somebody may be able to manage your money and pay your bills for you, but they can’t dispute any bills for you. If they need insurance information or anything of that sort, without a Power of Attorney, they can’t get it. If anything needs to be done with your house, they can’t act because their name isn’t on your house. And if anything has to be done with an IRA, I’ll guarantee their name isn’t on your IRA because “I” stands for individual and only your name can be on that account.

So quick summary here – Power of Attorney for Property is one of the most important documents that anyone could have and everyone should be encouraged to have one. Thanks!

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