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You cannot designate an alternative, but the neighbor, if of sound mind, should be able to. IF you are disabled it is my humble opinion you should not be doing this task. It is onerous and difficult and just dealing with entities by phone and in person is quite taxing. This is a difficult job and requires meticulous bookkeeping. I would explain to the neighbor that you are no longer up to this difficult task and that you will accompany her to a lawyer to see about appointing a fiduciary, which the elder law attorney will be able to recommend, to handle this for her/him. Good luck.
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I doubt if you can designate an alternate POA. Your friend is the only one who can assign someone. That is the whole purpose of a POA. If a lawyer drew up the POA, ask him/her what u can do.
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Stenaranjo, the laws from state to state vary regarding the PoA powers so be careful whose advice you take for free. You can ask this question to an actual lawyer on Legalzoom.com or Rocketlawyer.com for a nominal fee. I'm hoping you have someone designated as your durable PoA as well. When we had to send our teenaged son away for several months out of state for a rehab program I remember signing a document that gave the admin temporary guardianship of some sort so they could make immediate decisions regarding his care (he was many states away living on a very remote ranch that only had a satellite phone). So, I know something must exist, just don't know what it's called or how to get it. You could maybe call Social Services for your friend's county and ask this question, as they can probably give helpful insights. Also, you can minimize the work involved by creating automatic online bill payments (ACH) if you haven't already done this. Good luck!
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