If you are an American living in Israel you can’t assume that your Israeli documents for wills, trusts, estates and Durable Power of Attorney will be accepted in an American Court of law. Similarly, if you have documents that were prepared in the United States, those documents may not fulfill requirements of Israel’s legal system. To ensure that your legal documents will be accepted in both countries, set up a consultation with American-Israeli lawyer David Page Law.
David Page Law has the knowledge and experience needed to help clients navigate the gaps between the American and Israeli legal systems. If you are planning for your future, David Page Law can help you create a DPOA that will be honored by both countries. David Page Law is licensed to practice law in the United States and is specially certified and trained by the Ministry of Justice to draw up documents for a Durable Power of Attorney for financial, healthcare and personal matters in both the US and in Israel.
What is a Power of Attorney?
Many people appoint a Power of Attorney for short-term situations such as when the need arises to handle financial or legal matters, care for children or make health decision.
A Durable Power of Attorney takes the Power of Attorney one step further. It covers situations in which an individual becomes incapacitated and unable to make decisions. By appointing a Durable Power of Attorney you give someone else the authority to make decisions on your behalf if and when the time comes that you aren’t able to make them yourself.
It’s a good idea to create a DPOA while you still have the capability to make decisions but understand that you must plan for the future. A Durable Power of Attorney safeguards your rights regarding your ability to make decisions about your finances and property, your health and your end-of-life wishes for as long as you can. However the DOPA gives a second person the authority to take over those decisions if and when it becomes necessary.
How a Durable Power of Attorney in the United States and Israel Manifests in Financial, Healthcare and Personal Matters
Durable power of attorney documents for financial, healthcare and personal matters are documents that cover a person in the event that the person is psychologically unable to continue carrying his or her duties in any capacity. This includes matters such as Alzheimer’s, mental illness, future loss of consciousness, or anything else which may inhibit one from continuing on in a professional manner. This DPOA in these cases nominates someone or a group to carry out financial instructions, healthcare directives, or personal directives. For this to happen seamlessly without any hiccup, this power of attorney needs to be solid without any room for loopholes.
Durable Power of Attorney in the United States and Israel
If you have a Durable Power of Attorney from the United States, you can’t assume that the Israeli legal system will accept the document. The laws and provisions of the Durable Power of Attorney are different in the two countries so you can’t be sure that your American Durable Power of Attorney will be accepted by the Israel legal or health system.
David Page is an attorney specially certified and trained by the Ministry of Justice to draw up durable power of attorney documents in Israel. David Page Law can create the documents in a way that protects your interests and ensures that your wishes will be honored in all circumstances. Some of these additional documents that David Page Law can create for you as you plan for the future include a document that designates your appointment of a healthcare proxy who will make healthcare decisions for you if and when you are unable to make those decisions for yourself, a will and/or an estate plan in which you put forth your wishes for the probate of your assets or additional Powers of Attorney as needed to protect your health, care and assets in the future.