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Power of Attorney


Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Finances in St. Charles, Geneva, and Elgin

A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that designates a trusted individual to manage your affairs should you become incapacitated in the future. This provides individuals the assurance that someone they can fully trust will make important decisions on their behalf if they are ever in this situation. POAs are essential estate planning tools, because without them, it may be left to the court to decide who is in charge of your affairs.

At the Law Office of Vogel & Mourelatos, LLC, we have approximately three decades of combined experience helping clients set up powers of attorney and implement other estate planning strategies in Kane County and the surrounding areas. Our lawyers are well-established in the community, and thousands of clients have trusted us with their family law and estate planning needs. We have a client-centered approach, and we handle each case with compassion, skill, and proficiency.

In Illinois, there are two different types of powers of attorney:

  • Medical Power of Attorney: Also known as a healthcare power of attorney, medical power of attorney documents appoint a trusted individual to make important medical decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able to make them yourself. Individuals who create a living will that address their wishes regarding end-of-life healthcare decisions often create a medical POA to designate someone they trust to carry out their wishes.

  • Financial Power of Attorney for Property: If you become physically or mentally incapacitated, you may no longer be able to manage your bills, bank accounts, business, property, or other financial affairs. A financial power of attorney (also known as a property power of attorney) gives you the assurance that the right person will be in charge of these matters if something should happen to you.

Power of Attorney After a Divorce

Many individuals designate their spouse as their medical and/or financial power of attorney. This can be problematic, however, if the couple gets a divorce. The State of Illinois considers a spouse’s power of attorney revoked when a marriage is dissolved. If you have recently been divorced, our attorneys can assist you with setting up a new POA.

Speak With a Compassionate Barrington Hills Lawyer

Powers of attorney are important documents that provide individuals peace of mind knowing their affairs will be managed by someone they trust if they are no longer able to do so themselves. Whether this is your first POA, or you need to create a new one following a divorce, the Law Office of Vogel & Mourelatos, LLC, are here to help. We can consult with you and thoroughly assess your specific needs to ensure that your power of attorney is properly worded and protects your interests.

For an initial consultation with one of our seasoned estate planning lawyers, contact our office today at 847-428-7725 or 630-200-4882. We serve clients in Kane County, McHenry County, DuPage County, Cook County/Rolling Meadows, Algonquin, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Batavia, Bull Valley, Burlington, Campton Hills, Carpentersville, Cary, Crystal Lake, Dundee, East Dundee, Elgin, Geneva, Lake in the Hills, Pingree Grove, St. Charles, South Elgin, West Chicago, West Dundee, Woodstock, and the surrounding Illinois communities.