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Five Things to Know About Your Durable Power of Attorney

It's important to keep in mind these five things about a durable power of attorney when you create your estate plan............................

1. The durable power of attorney is used to manage individually owned assets.

2. The powers or authorizations of a power of attorney come from the document.

3. Most durable powers of attorney in Massachusetts, including the ones that come from my office, are effective immediately upon signing.

4. A power of attorney is only used when the agent (called the “attorney in fact”) is asked by the principal to exercise the powers which are authorized by the document.

5. A power of attorney is only valid during the lifetime of the principal.

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