January 01, 2016

Power of Attorney—What to Explain and Discuss with the Client

Kenneth Vercammen

From Wills and Estate Administration (2015), published by the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division.

A Power of Attorney is a written document in which a competent adult individual (the “principal”) appoints another competent adult individual (the “attorney-in-fact”) to act on the principal’s behalf. In general, an attorney-in-fact may perform any legal function or task that the principal has a legal right to do for him or herself. You may wish to sign a Power of Attorney to give your spouse, children, or partner the power to handle your affairs if you become ill or disabled. More info at www.njlaws.com/power_of_attorney.htm.

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