Extended Travel and Power of Attorney
Perhaps you are in-between jobs and you want to travel Europe by train for ten weeks. Maybe you’ve retired and you are going on an extended world cruise. Or you have fallen in love with someone from Brazil and you are going to spend three months in Rio.
Before you go, ask your lawyer to create a non-durable power of attorney. Even simple matters, like getting a replacement credit card, can be made easier when you have a power of attorney. More complicated issues, like long stay visa applications, are significantly easier when you have someone in the states able to act on your behalf.
Banks, credit card companies, and insurance companies will often only speak directly to you and only use the address on file for claims unless you have a power of attorney.
You may also want to include some contingency variations in case you get sick or become incapacitated while you are traveling. A car accident in Athens could wreak havoc on your personal finances if you are laid up in a Greek hospital for a month. Your power of attorney could step in and protect your credit and your assets until you are able to act on your own again.