What to expect when asked to be a power of attorney

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It takes a lot of time and plenty of discussions to plan your estate. One of the most difficult aspects of the planning phase is picking someone to be your power of attorney. But, what if you are ever on the other side of this? What if you are asked to be a power of attorney for someone you know and love? It might be hard for you to say yes to this request. Here’s what to expect in Florida if this request comes across your desk.

If you decide to accept this request from a loved one, you will need to know what to expect as a legal power of attorney. For starters, you won’t have to do anything until the time comes and the subject dies. You don’t have to be present at the will signing. You don’t even have to know what is in the will. This information will be presented to you in the future.

What you do need to prepare for is having the difficult conversations with the family about the subject. You will also need to have conversations about the subject’s finances and health should he or she become incapacitated. This can be difficult for some. Now is the time to prepare so you are not taken by surprise.

As a power of attorney, you will be the representative for the subject of the will. Hopefully, you get along with the relatives of the subject so that there is no ill will or any other issues when the time comes for the reading of the will.

Being asked to be a power of attorney for someone in your life is a great responsibility in Fort Myers. Take this request seriously and think it through before giving an answer.

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