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How to revoke a power of attorney

Powers of attorney can be a key tool for people in Florida looking to plan for the future and protect their interests. However, sometimes it can be important to revoke a power of attorney, especially if the relationship between the parties is no longer one of trust and confidence. A power of attorney names another person and gives that person the right to act on behalf of another in any of a range of matters. In some cases, they are active immediately, while in other cases, a power of attorney only goes into effect if its creator has become incapacitated.

Powers of attorney can terminate in several ways. Some people may choose to create a power of attorney with a fixed end date, although they are typically durable. A power of attorney can also terminate upon the death of the document’s creator, except for the limited abilities to donate organs, request an autopsy or make final arrangements. However, in most cases, people want to bring an end to a power of attorney in their lifetime. A written revocation can terminate a power of attorney at any time, but it must be delivered to the person holding the power in order to be effective.

People looking to end a POA may send a certified letter as well as regular mail to the named attorney-in-fact in order to establish a record of delivery. The hard copy mail can also be backed up by telephone calls, text messages or emails.

Powers of attorney can be revoked at any time so long as the original principal is competent. Therefore, people can feel confident creating powers of attorney to help them handle key matters in case of a serious illness or accident. An estate planning lawyer may be able to answer key questions and help people to create the documents they need.