Financial POA Articles

  • Financial POA: How to Manage a Senior's Expenses

    When you become your parents' financial power of attorney, you now have two sets of finances to manage, your own and your parents. Learn 7 ways to keep everyone's finances on track.

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  • Why a Letter of Competency Should Be Part of Every Senior’s Legal File

    Adding this one simple step when a loved one creates or changes their will, powers of attorney and other crucial legal documents can minimize unnecessary stress and familial discord down the road.

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  • Things You Can and Can't Do With Power of Attorney

    Whether you’ve been named as someone else’s power of attorney (POA) or you’re looking to appoint one for yourself, know what responsibilities and limitations come with this designation.

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  • 10 Things You Should Know About Your Parent's Finances

    Would you know what to do if you suddenly had to take over managing money and paying bills for your parent? Here are 10 things you need to know before assuming this responsibility.

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  • POA: How do I make sure I have the legal authority to make decisions on mom's behalf?

    In order to make most decisions on an aging loved one's behalf, you must be given the legal power to do so. A durable power of attorney is a document your relative executes that gives you specific legal powers to act on his or her behalf.

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  • When POA Isn’t Enough: Other Forms Needed to Act on a Loved One’s Behalf

    Power of attorney documents allow caregivers to advocate for their loved ones, but some institutions require additional documentation. See what specific permissions you’ll need to access personal information and make vital decisions.

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  • What to Do When the Bank Refuses a Financial POA Document

    Sometimes even a legally prepared power of attorney (POA) document is refused by the bank. Know the reasons why financial institutions hesitate to grant POAs access to accounts and how you can remedy this situation.

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  • How much does a power of attorney (POA) cost?

    Getting a durable power of attorney (DPOA or POA) online can be completed for very little cost. However, the importance of this legal document may warrant hiring an elder law attorney.

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  • Are Adult Children Responsible for Their Parents’ Debt?

    Many adult children are unaware of their parents’ financial situation until they step in to help manage money or begin the probate process. If you find that a parent has racked up some debt, it’s normal to wonder if you may be on the hook for repayment.

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  • Tips for Caregivers Who Are Managing A Senior’s Investments

    Many family caregivers are granted the power to manage an aging loved one’s finances, and this often includes handling an elder’s investment decisions. While this can be a daunting task, these pointers can help guide you.

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  • Financial Planning: Strategies for Caregivers and Their Parents

    Having the foresight to make arrangements for your elderly parent's long-term care can save the rest of the family both emotional and financial distress. This expert advice should help with asset protection and financial planning for you an your elderly parents. Better yet, caregivers can use these strategies to ensure they are prepared for their future needs as well.

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