I need to pay bills for my father who just went into a nursing home
Do yourself and your father a favor and hire an elder law attorney to prepare the POAs. The generic, fill-in-the-blank, check-the-box forms leave a lot to be desired. With your father now in the nursing home, there are going to be issues that you will face beyond just paying his bills. Nursing home costs are high. You and he may want to do some Medicaid planning and that requires specific language. And then there is the underlying question of whether your father has the requisite capacity to execute a POA. An experienced elder law attorney will be well worth the cost, which generally isn't very great for an attorney prepared POA.
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I agree with Mr. Davis. The cost of getting it done correctly the first time will be far less than the cost of getting almost right with a do it yourself document. There are probably other considerations that you should be discussing depending on your individual situation.
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The comments from the other attorneys are worth listening to. A POA cost relatively little to have an attorney do it, make sure it fits the situation, and make sure your father is capable of signing. If you do it yourself and mess something up, you can't sue yourself for malpractice, but it will get really expensive trying to correct the mess that likely could have been easily avoided.
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You are not required to use an attorney to prepare a durable power of attorney. Some of the self prepared POAs that I've seen come into the office over the years have been OK, none have been exceptional. Some of the self prepared POAs that I've seen come into the office over the years have also given me thousands of dollars worth of additional income because we've had to file a guardianship to do things like putting the spouse's name on the title to the home, getting authority to access a retirement account, and refinancing a home.
If you seriously want to proceed with your own POA given that your father is in a nursing home, I highly recommend looking at attorney Andrew Hook's article "Durable Powers of Attorney - They Are Not Forms!" which I believe is available on the publications or articles page of his firm's website. Google "Oast & Hook law firm." That article should give you some insight into some of the multitude of problems that can result from using a "stock" or "form" power of attorney.
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