Yes, your mother can name you all as agents, either jointly (you must make all decisions together) or severally (any one of you can make a particular decision).
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While I agree with my colleagues that this can be done, your mother should give very careful consideration to whether or not it *should* be done. I have seen numerous situations where doing this has created problems, down the road. In cases where one agent does not agree on a course of action, it can paralyze the others and prevent them from taking care of the principal. It also tends to result in situations where ALL of the named agents are required to participate in an action, before it can take place. This can make things administratively difficult. I normally suggest that one person be named and the others can be named as successive alternate agents.
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I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Frederick. One at a time. No matter how functional and close siblings are, nothing brings out the worst in them more than the parents' illness and finances. No one wants to set their children up for failure.
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