Do you have to receive legal notice when someone replaces you as POA?

I am the general power of attoney, of my 93 year old neighbor. When I was away he retained another lawyer. I never received a letter from the lawyer stating he was the new POA. How was I supposed to know legally? I was still carrying out my POA duties. My neighbor never said anything; he is getting forgetful.

Asked on June 13, 2012 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

A principal (your neighbor) can replace you at any time as a POA and generally you should have gotten some notice.  But what worries me here is that you state that "he is getting forgetful."  Is it possible that he was unduly influenced to change the document and replace you?  I would look in to it to make sure that everything is on the up and up.  Good luck.


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