Choose the right kind of power of attorney
Know the differences between durable general and springing powers of attorney.
A durable general power of attorney
Unlike a springing power of attorney, a durable general power of attorney becomes effective as soon as the document has been signed. This adds additional flexibility to your power of attorney document. For example, your attorney-in-fact is able to make decisions on your behalf if you are simply unavailable to do so yourself, such as if you are traveling or are recovering from a physical injury.
Whether you execute a springing power of attorney or a durable general power of attorney, your attorney-in-fact would need to present the power of attorney document to financial institutions and others as proof of their decision-making authority. If your attorney-in-fact does not have the original copy of your power of attorney, be sure to let him or her know where to find the document.
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