POAs: The Diligent Lawyer’s Dilemmas
Powers of attorney have existed for centuries. Many were used to grant authority for specific undertakings and for limited periods of time. Then the grant of powers broadened, and lawyers began to use them as tools for the management of a client’s affairs. State legislatures approved the practice and provided that powers of attorney could survive the onset of incompetency of the grantor merely by stating so in the document. These documents are called “durable” powers of attorney. A durable power of attorney can be a simple document and it can be detailed and of great length.