Oklahoma estate planning tools: the Durable Power of Attorney

Today’s “Tools” post  from the series Protecting you and your family: Oklahoma estate planning tools is the “Durable Power of Attorney.”

A durable power of attorney is a simple power of attorney which gives the attorney-in-fact (the person to whom power is given) the power to act for you. It is “durable” in that it is written in conformity with statutes which allow it to continue beyond the time you become incompetent or have a mental incapacity (if a power of attorney does NOT contain appropriate language to make it durable, it terminates at the time you become incompetent).

The benefit of having an Oklahoma durable power of attorney is that in the event of incompetency, a guardianship should not have to be opened with the probate court to administer your property. A power of attorney, when properly drawn, also serves the purposes of allowing the attorney-in-fact (1) to act during periods when you are on extended travel and (2) to transfer non-trust assets to your primary trust during disability or prior to your death, when you are not otherwise capable of making the transfer yourself.

If done correctly, the durable power of attorney should prevent your family from having to go to court to have a guardian appointed for you. This means you save on the expense and potential battle between people who each think they should be the guardian.

If you have questions about a living will or any other estate planning issues, please feel free to contact me and to find out more about estate planning listen to my podcast “Estate Planning Demystified“.

Posted by Shawn Roberts

On this blog, I write about and try to answer practical Oklahoma legal questions. My focus and most experience is in estate planning and business issues including Oklahoma non-compete law. I make a living as an attorney in the law firm I founded, Cazes Roberts, PLLC in Oklahoma City. I live in Edmond with wife Amy and my two children, Sam (17) and David (9). We live precisely in the path of where the "wind comes sweeping down the plains."

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