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I was not asked or notified when I was listed as an alternate DPOA which was written in 2013. Got a phone call a week ago informing me that the 1st named DPOA no longer wanted the responsibilities and had terminated her DPOA. Do I have to officially decline in writing and have it notarized?

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The rules must vary by state. In my state the person(s) named as POA do not have to sign anything. Confused11, if that is the way it is in your state then I can understand this being a surprise to you. I don't know what you "have" to do in your state, but it seems to me that officially declining in writing should take care of it. Perhaps you could decline by phone, as you were notified, but it would be much safer to put it in writing.
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08/23/16.... Something doesn't sound right. Whenever someone is appointed to be Power of Attorney, that person needs to sign the original POA saying they will accept that position. Who drew up this Power of Attorney?

Yes, write a letter saying that you decline being this person's Power of Attorney, getting it notarized would make it more official. Send this letter to the person, and if you knew that an attorney had drawn up the document, send him/her a copy.
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