Can an agent with a POA, change the principal’s Will?


Asked on September 3, 2017 under Estate Planning, Alaska


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

A power of attorney does not award the agent the right to change the principal's Will. While a POA document can give the agent the power to make financial, medical and most legal decisions (depending on the type of POA), it does not give them the right to change the principal's Will. That having been said, the principal does not have to be physically capable of writing the changes or of signing them, they can direct the agent (or anyone else) to do so. 

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