First, a power of attorney is a separate document that is not included in a Trust. A Trustee deals with trust issues.
Second, A POA cannot change a beneficiary form unless it is specifically granted (and initialed) by the Principal (the person who gave the power to the Agent)
Third, an Agent is a fiduciary charged with protecting the Principal's estate plan. If a beneficiary of a specific account, etc., is changed, the estate plan has changed. This is why the right to change a beneficiary must be specifically authorized in the POA document.
It depends. The answer above is correct for recent Powers of attorney, but not necessarily true for older ones or ones created in another state. You will need someone to review the documents to determine if they are appropriate or the action would create liability. There may be a much easier way of doing what you propose, should the action not be permitted under the Power of Attorney.
My comments are not intended to establish an attorney-client relationship, are not confidential, and are not intended to constitute legal advice. Proper legal advice can only be given by an attorney who agrees to represent you, who reviews the facts of your specific case, who does not have a conflict of interest preventing the representation, and who is licensed as an attorney in the state where the law applies.
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