Durable power of attorney means you continue with authority to act on your mother's behalf should she become incompetent. Your power to act ends when she passes away. You are not personally responsible for her debts simply because you are her power of attorney. There may be other ways you could be held rsspibsible for her debts, such as if you co-signed a loan, things like that.
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No, you would be responsible for funeral expenses if you are a funeral representative designee. But a POA just gives you the ability to handle her affairs. Good Luck,
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The terms and conditions of the written document control. If already signed, have it carefully reviewed for advice in this regard. If not yet signed, you should make inquiry as to your concerns. Typically, there is no personal responsibility of the POA for the debts of the principal (your mother), unless you breach a fiduciary duty owed while acting as POA. Good luck.
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