Probate Judge Sam Davis addressed the Richmond Hill Lions Club at its monthly meeting in February. The meeting was held at the John W. Stevens Wetlands Education Center in J.F. Gregory Park.
Davis explained the difference in a financial power of attorney and medical power of attorney: A financial power of attorney deals only with the personal financial property and does not cover medical concerns.
A medical power of attorney protects a person in the event that they are unable to speak for themselves.
He said with a medical power of attorney all decisions for health can be made without delay. Without the document, a petition has to be filed to declare the patient incompetent requiring the services of a physician, which serves to delay medical attention, he said, whereas a power of attorney’s document cease at death.
Davis also explained the importance of everyone making a will. Making a will is simple and just requires one to make a decision of how the property is divided and who the beneficiaries are, he said.
Two witnesses are required to sign the document and must be notarized.
Another subject explained was gun permits. A five-year gun permit can be applied for in Bryan County for Bryan County residents only and applicants must be 21 years of age. This information is important to residents of Bryan County, and the Lions Club appreciates Davis taking the time from his busy schedule to speak to the members.
All who attended the meeting enjoyed a feast of roasted oysters, hot dogs and delicious desserts.