If you are here illegally, you need to have a plan for what you would like to have happen to your children and your property in case you are arrested or deported. Designating someone to be your agent and giving them power of attorney requires a lot of trust. You must pick someone you can rely upon particularly because their powers become effective the moment you sign the power of attorney. That means that they can go into your bank accounts and sell whatever property you have here in the United States. (You can offset this by keeping the documents locked in your house and tell your agent where the forms are once you are arrested.) You must also make a plan and give your agent a lot of guidance when it comes to exactly what you would want to happen to your children and property. Give them a list of emergency contacts. Make sure that the agent knows who their pediatricians, baby-sitters and teachers are. You should have a list of what assets you have and important information about the children.
Planning for an arrest or deportation is like planning for what would happen when you would pass. But those who do plan ahead can have exactly what they want happen to their children, property and money that they have worked so hard for during their time here in the United States. It’s worth spending the few hours planning ahead in case the worst happens. Please contact Thomas J. Geygan, Jr. for more guidance on the issue.