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An Abuse of Power: Power of Attorney

Posted by Mary R. LaSota, Esquire in Durable Power of Attorney | 2 comments

14.02.15

While perusing Pennsylvania case law recently (yes, I sometimes do research just for the fun of it), I came across a Superior Court case dealing with an Agent acting inappropriately under a Durable Power of Attorney. Since the facts of the case match the scenarios I often worn my clients about I thought it would be useful to blog about the facts.  

Your Estate Plan is a Three-Movement Sonata

Posted by Mary R. LaSota, Esquire in Durable Power of Attorney, Estate Plan, Health Care Directive, Will | 6 comments

02.02.15

You should consider your basic estate plan a three-movement sonata. Like a piece of music written for one or two instruments, your estate plan is written for you and your spouse (or partner). Sometimes your plan will have three documents, sometimes four or even more documents. Like the movements in a sonata, each document can be very different from each other in rhythm and in mood.  

I am an Agent under a Durable Power of Attorney, Now What?

Posted by Mary R. LaSota, Esquire in Durable Power of Attorney, Uncategorized | 4 comments

02.02.15

At sometime during your life you may be appointed as an “Agent” under a Power of Attorney. A power of attorney is a written document in which a person (the “principal”) grants authority to another person (an “agent”) to act on their behalf. The principal can grant very wide powers or very narrow powers.  If you are appointed as Agent under a Pennsylvania