Advice and Assistance from Professional Estate Planning Attorneys in San Jose and Across the Silicon Valley

Advance health care directives and durable powers of attorney for financial matters are estate planning instruments that can and generally should be created in conjunction with other estate planning instruments. Through the use of these carefully drafted documents, the Walnut Creek estate planning lawyers at Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP help clients plan for the future for their own benefit and the benefit of their families. We serve clients in Fremont, Walnut Creek, Danville, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Francisco, and other counties.

Durable Powers of Attorney

A durable power of attorney is an estate planning instrument that allows you to designate an agent or attorney-in-fact to make decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated and unable to do so. There are two types of powers of attorney: durable powers of attorney for health care and durable powers of attorney for financial matters.

When a durable power of attorney for health care is created, it gives the agent the power to make decisions on any care, services, or procedures to maintain, diagnose, or treat your physical or mental health condition. This includes the decision whether or not to begin, continue, discontinue, or limit treatment.

Similarly, a financial power of attorney allows you to name an agent to conduct your financial affairs should you become incapacitated. An agent may be given a broad range of financial powers and responsibilities:

  • Deposit or withdraw funds from bank accounts
  • Sign income tax returns
  • Transfer assets to a trust
  • Buy or sell assets
  • Make investments

Our Walnut Creek estate planning attorneys often find powers of attorney to be beneficial because they allow you to appoint a person of your choosing to handle your health and financial affairs and avoid a conservatorship or guardianship, over which you generally have no control.

Advance Health Care Directives

An advance health care directive, another estate planning instrument, allows you to both give an agent the power to make health care decisions for you and to leave instructions for health care providers and family members regarding your wishes concerning medical treatment. Using an advance health care directive, you may specify preferences and instructions regarding a wide range of medical treatment options:

  • End-of-life treatment
  • Life support
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Surgery
  • Blood transfusions
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Organ donation

At Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP, we understand how difficult it is to contemplate your death or incapacity. We offer sensitive support to help clients analyze all their options and create an advance health care directive that reflects their wishes and provides the guidance their family members need.

Seek advance planning assistance from careful, considerate Walnut Creek estate planning lawyers

The estate planning attorneys at Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP have significant experience assisting clients with the analysis and preparation of powers of attorney, advance health care directives, and other estate planning documents as needed. We are available to consult with clients at our offices — located at 2502 Stevens Creek Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95128 and 140 Town and Country Dr, Danville, CA 94526 — or at any other convenient location. Call our San Jose office at 408-290-7210 or our Danville office at 925-233-4399 or contact Temmerman, Cilley & Kohlmann, LLP online. Let our Walnut Creek Powers of Attorney & Advance Health Care Directives lawyers help you.