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3 Tips to Prevent Exploitation with a Florida Power of Attorney

3 Tips to Prevent Exploitation with a Florida Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document delegating authority from one person to another. The maker of the power of attorney is called the “principal.” In the document, the principal grants the right to act on the maker’s behalf as that person’s agent. What authority is granted depends on the specific language of the Read More

10 Tips for Guardians of Older Adults

In my practice, I often help people make decisions for themselves about who will make decisions for them if they are incapacitated.  This is an important part of estate planning and can avoid formal guardianship proceedings.  Regardless, sometimes there is no other alternative for caregivers of older adults with capacity issues than to seek a Read More

Power-of-attorney has the power to be abused in Florida

A broad power of attorney is one of the most dangerous documents a person can sign. Here’s a cautionary tale of elder exploitation written by Kathryn Varn for the Tampa Bay Times. The lesson to be learned: have an estate planning lawyer draft a narrow power of attorney for you and discuss with your attorney who might Read More

Personal Representative v. Power of Attorney

One of the most common questions I get when I deliver presentations is: What is the difference between a personal representative and a power of attorney? A personal representative is the person appointed by the Judge who has the legal duty to administer the probate estate of the deceased person. If the deceased person (decedent) Read More