Palo Alto Litigation Lawyers Contest Powers of Attorney

Chiles and Prochnow can assist when a power of attorney is abused

A power of attorney is a legal instrument that allows another to act on your behalf. Typical power of attorney agreements include provisions that handle:

  • Tax matters
  • The ability to create and amend trusts
  • The ability to make gifts or other transfers
  • The ability to buy or sell property
  • The right to access safe deposit boxes
  • The authority to enter into contracts
  • The ability to make healthcare decisions

Why would someone create a power of attorney?

There are many reasons to establish a power of attorney, but often the grantor anticipates he will become incapacitated or otherwise unable to handle his affairs. Common causes for incapacity include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
  • Head injury
  • Neck injury
  • Spine injury
  • Old age
  • Dementia
  • Wasting due to cancer or cancer treatment
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Huntington’s disease

Contesting powers of attorney

A power of attorney may be challenged for a variety of reasons including fraud, abuse or other financial improprieties.

Contact our experienced advocates for guidance

Our attorneys are experienced in providing counsel, advice and litigation service in sensitive family situations. While our approach is compassionate and empathetic, our focus is on achieving your litigation goals. To schedule your free consultation at our Palo Alto office, call us at 650-812-0400 or contact us online.