Generally speaking, no. Unless you provided a service that you would get paid for regularly and the deceased promised to pay for those services from her estate, acting as a power of attorney alone does not entitle you to compensation, it merely gives you the authority to make decisions for her if she was unable to make them for herself. If you are administering the estate you may be entitled to reasonable compensation. You should contact the person administering the estate if that is not you or the attorney probating the estate. Best of luck.
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To be honest, whoever gave you temporary Power of Attorney showed you considerable trust in one of the most challenging times of her life. It is an honor to HELP someone else. I'm surprised you would actually expect payment. Perhaps she chose the wrong person. Speak with the person's Estate Planning attorney or an Elder Law attorney about this.
There is nothing in the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code which states that an attorney in fact has a "right" or is "entitled" to compensation. But there is also nothing in the code that states that an attorney in fact cannot receive compensation. Does the power of attorney document that you worked under mention compensation or did the person you served as attorney in fact give you an expectation that you would be compensated? Since you mentioned that the principal was in a nursing home, the economics of pursuing any claim of compensation must be carefully weighed.
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Generally, no. However I would suggest looking at the document that names you as power of attorney as it may provide for compensation.
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Assuming that there IS an estate (which there might not be, given the cost of care and/or MassHealth liens), the first thing you have to do is read the document. Does it say you can be paid or does it say that you can't be paid? If the document says you can be paid, then payment is possible, but you better be prepared to submit detailed bills showing what you did to earn the fee you wish to claim. You would have to follow the rules of being a creditor of the estate. Don't be surprised if you need to sue in order to get payment. If the document says you cannot be paid or if it doesn't say anything at all, then you have no or shaky grounds on which to make a claim.
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