Estate Planning



Power of Attorney


A power of attorney is a legal document where one person gives another person the authority to act on his or her behalf to handle the affairs while he or she is unavailable or physically or mentally unable to do so. A power of attorney may very broad, or it may be very limited and specific. There are four types of powers of attorney that the state of Florida recognize:


  1. Durable power of attorney-- A durable power of attorney is created when power given to another person survives beyond the incapacity of the principal.
  2. General power of attorney-- A general power of attorney is an authorization for the agent to act on behalf of the principal  to accomplish a list of activities.  In Florida, this type of power of attorney will be invalidated once the principal has passed away.
  3. Limited power of attorney-- A limited power of attorney grants the person to do everything possible to accomplish a specific task. A limited power of attorney cover specific events: the selling of property, investment, etc. In Florida, this type of power of attorney will be invalidated once the principal has passed away.
  4. Medical power of attorney-- A medical power of attorney designates another person to make decisions about your health care if you become incapacitated. In Florida, this type of power of attorney will be invalidated once the principal has passed away.


A declaration of healthcare surrogate is similar to a medical power of attorney, except for some differences that are very significant. For example:


  1. A healthcare surrogate is strictly limited to medical decision. However, a medical power of attorney may grant an agent authority over financial matters as well.


If you are interested and need assistance with a power of attorney, contact Lindsay Ruiz Bash, P.A. Contact the firm's office to arrange a free initial consultation with your Tampa Estate Planning attorney. Attorney Bash is also available to meet after hours by appointment only. We proudly serve the whole Tampa Bay area: Hillsborough County, Pasco County, New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Dade City, Carrollwood, Temple Terrace, Zephyrhills, Brandon, Lutz, South Tampa, Plant City, RiverviewNew Port Richey, Land O' Lakes and all the surrounding areas.

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