Power of Attorney
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A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal document that allows you to give someone else (called an “Attorney in Fact”) the power to handle certain business and personal matters for you. Your Attorney in Fact must follow your instructions with regard to the handling of your personal and business affairs and, where no instructions are given, do what is in your best interest.
Your Attorney in Fact will have as much or as little power as you agree to give them, and their power will terminate when you wish, either at the conclusion of a specific transaction, by a certain date, or once you are deemed incompetent. You can also revoke the Power of Attorney at any time. A Durable Power of Attorney continues even after you become incompetent. Regardless of whether you have a simple POA or a durable POA, both automatically terminate upon your death.
There are a number of reasons you may want or need a Power of Attorney:
You may choose anyone you trust to make decisions in your best interest. They simply need to be over 18, competent and agree to serve.
For assistance in establishing a Power of Attorney contact Legal Services or a local attorney.
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