Can my father change his POA if they are not cooperating with his instructions?

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Can my father change his POA if they are not cooperating with his instructions?

My older sister is the POA for my mother and father 87 and 90 respectively. My father asked me to do it originally, however I thought my sister would be upset and she is an accomplished business person. I am the medical surrogate and have my doctorate in physical therapy. My older sister refuses to provide information to me even when my father requests her to provide it. She says she already provided the information. I am the primary care giver for both of them as well.

Asked on July 26, 2017 under Estate Planning, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, the person (the "principal") who grants a power of attorney (POA) may revoke it at all and/or can appoint someone else to be his attorney-in-fact or agent (those are the terms for the person granted authority by a POA). Your father can draft a new POA for you which also specifically says it revokes and supercedes any earlier POAs. You and your father should let an attorney help you, so as to make sure it is drated and witnessed properly, so as to be effective.


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