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Saying ‘No’ to Power of Attorney Duty

November 18, 2018

From the nextavenue website

Does the thought of being power of attorney (POA) for a parent or another loved one fill you with dread? Maybe Mom thinks you’d be the best choice to make business, financial or medical decisions for her if she becomes unable to do so on her own because you live in the same town, while your sister lives two states away. Designating you as POA just makes sense. Or does it?

Not everyone is cut out to be the power of attorney. In fact, there are many reasons that children and others may need to decline, says Cheryl David, a North Carolina elder law attorney.

“Becoming someone’s power of attorney is a monumental job,” says David. “It’s huge, and the task should not be entered into without great thought.”

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