What happens to the Durable Power of Attorney when someone dies?

 In Asset Protection Planning, Estate Planning, Probate

A Power of Attorney is described as “durable” because it continues to be effective until and after the point at which a given client becomes incapacitated. However, the Durable Power of Attorney is not effective after that client (known as “the principal”) has died.

According to Florida Statute §709.1209, a Durable Power of Attorney is terminated in the following cases:

-The principal dies

-The principal revokes the Power of Attorney

-The Power of Attorney states that it terminates at a certain point

-The purpose of the Power of Attorney is accomplished

Even if a Durable Power of Attorney document states that it shall continue after the principal has died, the Power of Attorney will be terminated regardless. Only the personal representative of the estate has the authority to administer the assets of the deceased in the probate process.

If you have questions regarding the probate process and the estate of your loved one, please call the attorneys at Bach, Jacobs & Byrne, P.A. at (941) 906-1231.

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