POA (and will) in VA
July 3, 2014 1:28 PM Subscribe
Asking for a friend who lives in Virginia: my friend's mother has had a chronic illness for many years, and over the past year her health has begun to steadily decline, and she has been phasing in and out of bouts of dementia. Lately the bad days seem to be getting more and more frequent. No one has power of attorney at the moment; I'm trying to help him get it in place ASAP.
posted by Koko to Law & Government (7 answers total)
The problem is money; no one in the family has very much. My friend is living with and taking care of his mom as best he can, but he has no steady income. I know from my own experience that getting POA in place before his mom completely succumbs to dementia is crucial.
Google brought up this DIY site
, but advice I read on this site
tells me that the POA really should be set up by an attorney, or banks and other institutions may not accept it.
A will also needs to be made, ideally at the same time, but I think the POA is probably more urgent.
My questions are these:
1. do they really need a lawyer, or can this be done cheaply and effectively as DIY?
2. if lawyering is really the way to go, can anyone point me to affordable lawyers and/or services in Virginia? Pulaski County.
Thanks in advance!