What is a Durable Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney is a written document in which a competent adult (a.k.a) the “principal”) appoints another competent adult (a.k.a. the “attorney-in-fact”) to act on the principal’s behalf.

In general, an attorney-in-fact may perform any legal function or task which the principal has a right to do.  The powers may be:

  1. Very broad
  2. Very narrow
  3. Effective immediately
  4. Effective upon capacity

The term “durable” means that the power remains in force for the lifetime of the principal, even during incapacity of the principal.

For more information about a durable power of attorney and other estate planning matters, please contact our experienced Estate Planning Attorney in Los Angeles today.

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