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If the elder patient is of sound mind, he or she is entirely free to revoke power of attorney. But nobody else can do this, although the person appointed to hold POA can resign it.

If the elder is not of sound mind, has lost legal capacity, has been declared incompetent, or whatever form of words is used; and the power of attorney is termed Durable or Lasting or Springing; then no, the person cannot revoke it. The whole purpose of creating these important and powerful legal instruments is that they will continue to be valid after the person who created them ceases to be able to make decisions, form contracts, or act for himself as he would have done previously. The aim is to protect the best interests of the person.

However, if you are concerned that a POA is being abused but the elder person is no longer able to revoke it, there are still mechanisms for challenging the POA and having it annulled - for example, by applying to the courts for guardianship.

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