Is POA valid after my Mom left the hospital?

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The last time my Mom was in the hospital, she signed a form, giving me her health care POA. It was about six months ago, the form is filed away in my mom's papers and I'd have to dig it out, but there was no expiration date on the POA that I recall.

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Do NOT carry the original with you at all times!!! Keep it locked in fireproof safe. Carry a good photocopy with you, or on your phone or Ipad as a document/file. The last thing you want is your mom's original document lost, stolen or ruined. Safeguard it very carefully!
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Also, depends on what it states. For example, it may only be valid while or if she is incapable of making her own decisions (medically and/or financially). She may also voluntarily invoke the POA and allow you to make such decisions for her.

If in doubt, consult with an elder law attorney. They will usually review it and give you such an opinion gratis.

As Pam states, regardless, make multiple copies and keep one handy with you should you need it. I read some recent advice where someone scanned copies of legal documents onto a thumb drive to keep on their keychain so they would have in the event it was quickly needed for their parents. Sounded like a good idea.
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Dig it out and carry the original with you at all times. You can let her other doctors make copies for their files. It is valid indefinitely, forever unless otherwise marked.
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