Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Definition of the Week: Power of Attorney

Power of Attorney: A power of attorney is a legal document in which you give an agent the power to act as your attorney in the event you are mentally incapacitated and cannot act or speak for yourself. Sometimes people refer to a person as "power of attorney." That grates a little. It is easier and more correct to say, "John is my agent." Finally, you, the creator of the power of attorney, are called the principal. So, in brief, the principal designates a person in his or her power of attorney to act as his or her agent. Use these simple and correct terms on your estate planning lawyer and he will be impressed.

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