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A Florida power of attorney needs to remain powerful

Estate planning documents are in place for a reason. One of those -- a power of attorney (POA) -- legally authorizes a person to be able to handle affairs and to make health care decisions on behalf of the maker in case the person should be unable to do so for him or herself. The last thing Florida residents would want is for their POA to be rendered powerless.

Laws can change and new laws can be added to current legislation. It's important these changes are reflected in estate planning documents, including a POA. Medical and financial powers of attorney need to reflect any necessary changes in the law. For instance, changes have to be made to a medical POA if written before the adoption of the Uniform Health Care Decisions Act. Similar changes have to be made to financial POA if it fails to disclose some Uniform Power of Attorney Act provisions.

A POA is a malleable document.  Ideally it should be reviewed as life changes or about every three years or so. This is an important and integral document that, if properly written, can be of great benefit to the person granting the power and to his or her loved ones.

Getting the advice of a Florida estate planning attorney may save costs and create less problems when it comes to a power of attorney. A lawyer can ensure any changes in state legislation are reflected in his or her client's POA. An attorney always stays abreast of these legislative changes and advise clients accordingly.

Source: Forbes, "Don't Let Your Power Of Attorney Become Powerless", Sarah Mouser, Accessed on May 25, 2018

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