A friend with a terminal illness asked me to sell his boat for him, he gave me a power of attorney to make this happen. His illness progressed faster than anyone could imagine and he passed two days after the POA was signed.
His executor feels that the will supersedes the POA. I have no problem bowing out, but wonder what the status is.
Once the principal (here, your friend) is dead, no POA signed by him is valid any more. If you did not succeed in selling the boat before the friend died, you no longer have any authority to sell the boat (or do anything for your friend for that matter).
The person appointed by the court to take care of the friend's estate is the one with the authority to take care of the boat.
Moreover, given that apparent level of illness the friend appears to have suffered, it is questionable whether he had the mental capacity to sign any POA when he signed the one for you.
Sorry about your loss. A POA terminates at death, so the executor of the estate would have authority to administer the assets of the estate. Best wishes.
A Power of Attorney ceases to exist when the person granting it (your friend) dies. You have no POA to use at this point--the Will supersedes now because the POA is of no force or legal effect.
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