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From a legal perspective, yes, a person can appoint multiple agents on their POA.

My MIL has the three of us as agents, and each can act independently. So far, I'm the only one acting by agreement. In my job, I review about 10-15 POAs a day - the problem I usually see is that one person signs as POA, but the POA itself or POA law (because the POA doesn't specify) requires both to act. The other problem is agents are allowed to act independently, but one takes an action, and the other comes back later when there's a disagreement (I work in life insurance/annuities - so it's usually a beneficiary designation or an ownership change), we get the complaint.

The one exception is a statutory POA (a POA in which the law dictates the exact contents) in a handful of states - in these states, the statutory POA law only permits one POA (although you can appoint a successor POA). But a non-statutory POA has no such restrictions.

Being in the legal field, I do recommend consulting an elder law or estate planning attorney to make sure the POA has everything you may need (real estate, gifting, beneficiary changes - whatever you may need in case you need to qualify your family member for Medicaid. Also, to discuss the co-agent needs to make sure that's in your family member's best interest. Co-agents can work just fine for many or it can be a disaster. It depends on the relationship between the agents and how the POA specifies the two should act (together or independently).

Best wishes.
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Yes, my brother and I have POA for my mom. It works if the two POA's are on board together. I hear it can be a nightmare if they aren't. My mom wanted me because I am the one here taking care of her but she felt obligated to have my brother because he's a son:)
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