Illinois Lawyer: Power of Attorney
Chicago Powers of Attorney for Property and Health Care Lawyers
At Jill M. Metz & Associates, our LGBT estate planning lawyers in Chicago offer comprehensive estate planning services on behalf of clients throughout Illinois. As with wills and trusts, we are able to execute powers of attorney for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and couples throughout the state of Illinois. One critical estate planning instrument that should be a part of every estate plan is the power of attorney.
A power of attorney document authorizes a third party to act on behalf of an individual in the event the individual is unable to make critical decisions for his or her welfare due to incapacity. In the state of Illinois, we have separate power of attorney documents for health care matters and for financial matters.
A power of attorney for property document may grant to another party the right to make financial decisions for you when you are incapacitated. Having someone you trust designated to make sure your mortgage, rent and utilities are paid is important. If you are a small business owner, this is even more important. A power of attorney for health care grants the person you trust to make end-of-life decisions if you are unable to speak for yourself. Take control of your life decisions and make sure the individuals you trust are helping you during a period of incapacity.
Avoid Guardianship Costs
If you do not have a valid power of attorney instrument prior to the time that you become incapacitated, your loved ones will likely have to hire an attorney to seek a guardianship in a probate court proceeding. While we represent clients in guardianship proceedings, we advise our clients that a properly executed power of attorney document may allow them to avoid the necessity of guardianship proceedings, thus saving their families considerable stress and legal costs.
Estate Planning for Lesbian and Gay Couples
Estate planning is critical for all families, but it has particular importance to gay and lesbian couples that do not enjoy all of the same legal rights of married spouses. Our Illinois estate planning lawyers are dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community. We have vast experience helping lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and couples with their estate plans.
While Illinois has recently enacted legislation that enables lesbian and gay couples to enter into a civil union, many states throughout the country and the federal government do not recognize civil unions, and moving and traveling can affect the protection afforded by your civil union. Whether or not you are in a civil union, it is critical that same-sex couples have in place a comprehensive estate plan that defines your wishes regarding the distribution of your estate, your wishes regarding critical health care decisions and your wishes regarding other vital matters that will affect you and your loved ones.
Contact Jill M. Metz & Associates
To schedule a consultation with one of our LGBT estate planning lawyers in Chicago, call 773-878-4480 or contact us by e-mail. Our office is located in Chicago, Illinois, and we look forward to working with you. Jill M. Metz & Associates provides a high level of client service that has resulted in the cultivation of many long-standing client relationships.
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