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Can Durable PoA become effective immediately even if I am still competent?

Fort Smith, AR |

I just want my daughter to be able to sign for now me if I can't. Not to wait until I'm incompetent.

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I agree with Attorneys Bell and Scholl. Unless the power of attorney is a "springing" power of attorney (which comes into play when a person is incapacitated), the power of attorney is likely to come into existence as soon as it is executed. Please have your attorney review the document and confirm that it will be effective upon signing. Good luck to you.

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Generally a durable POA would become effective immediately, but make sure that language is in the POA document.


A Durable Power of Attorney can become effective immediately upon signing. The "durable component" does not refer to when it becomes effective, but rather specifies that the powers granted will continue even after (if) you become incapacitated.

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Aside from a springing POA, one method of protecting your self while still competent is to execute a power of attorney, but not deliver it. Tell the person to whom it is granted how he or she can get it, should it be needed. That way you are not giving them control now but its is there should the need arise. If you cannot trust the person with at least that much information now, then I would rethink granting him or her a POA.

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