Estate Planning

How To Get Power of Attorney For A Deceased Person?

Reviewing paperwork with lawyer

Ty McDuffey

Apr 15, 2023

After a loved one passes, you might find yourself needing to close the deceased's bank accounts or sell their property. 

Many people mistakenly believe they can continue using a power of attorney to manage these aspects of the deceased's estate. 

However, a power of attorney is no longer valid after death, and the responsibility falls on the court-appointed personal representative or executor to go through probate proceedings instead. 

Understanding the estate planning process ahead of time can provide clarity during the difficult times following a loved one's passing. 

This article will explore the steps you need to take to properly administer an estate and the alternative procedures available when a power of attorney is no longer an option.

Key Takeaways:

  • A power of attorney becomes invalid upon the grantor's death, and the responsibility to manage the deceased's affairs falls on the court-appointed personal representative or executor.

  • When someone who appointed an agent with a durable power of attorney dies, the agent no longer has authority to manage their affairs.

  • Abuse of power of attorney after the principal's death is a potential crime. Heirs can report disputes to the probate court by filing a petition with evidence and documentation to support the claim.

A Power of Attorney Is Invalid After the Death of the Grantor

Reviewing paperwork

A power of attorney is rendered invalid upon the death of the grantor/principal. 

A power of attorney document authorizes someone else (commonly known as an agent or attorney-in-fact) to act on behalf of the grantor while they are alive, so it becomes invalid once the grantor passes away.

After the grantor’s death, the agent loses all legal authority to act on their behalf, and any actions taken by the agent would be deemed unauthorized.

So, for example, if your mother appointed you as her agent while she was alive, you may have had the legal authority to manage her finances, pay her bills, sell her property, and file her taxes. However, those powers terminate upon her passing away. 

To continue managing her affairs, you must be appointed as the executor of her estate in her will or by the court's appointment as the estate administrator.

Does a Durable Power of Attorney Also Expire After Death?

Yes, a durable power of attorney also expires after the principal's death. A durable power of attorney allows the agent to continue acting on the principal's behalf even if they become mentally incapacitated or unable to communicate, but it doesn't extend past the moment the principal passes away.

As such, a durable power of attorney expires upon the principal's passing. 

Imagine John grants a durable power of attorney to his daughter, Sarah, to take care of his finances and make medical decisions on his behalf if he becomes incapacitated. John later falls ill and is unable to make decisions for himself, so Sarah starts managing his affairs. However, when John passes away from his illness, Sarah's authority under the durable power of attorney expires.

If John has a will in place, he may have named Sarah as the executor, giving her the authority to manage his estate after his death. If he did not name an executor in his will, a court may appoint someone else as the estate administrator. In either case, Sarah's authority to manage her father's affairs depends on her appointment as the executor or administrator and NOT on the durable power of attorney.

What is the Difference Between an Executor of a Will and a Power of Attorney Agent?

When deciding how to manage affairs upon their death, a principal may appoint an executor of a will and a power of attorney agent.

An executor's responsibilities come into effect after the principal's death, primarily to ensure that the wishes outlined in their will are carried out and that assets are properly distributed to beneficiaries named in the will. 

In contrast, a power of attorney agent's authority to make decisions on the principal's behalf is only valid before the principal's passing.

Example: John appoints his son, James, as the executor of his will and his daughter, Sarah, as his power of attorney agent. After John passes away, James becomes responsible for managing John's assets and ensuring that his will is executed as per his wishes. In contrast, Sarah's authority to act on John's behalf as his power of attorney agent terminates upon his death.

Who Can Act on Behalf of the Deceased if there is not a Will?

Woman helping elderly woman review paperwork

If someone dies without a will, their property will be given to beneficiaries as determined by the laws of the state where they lived. These laws vary by location.

However, the probate court must still formally open the estate, and the court must appoint an "administrator" in situations where there is no will.

The administrator is usually the first person in the decedent's next of kin who is willing to apply to the probate court to be appointed as administrator. 

The court will then appoint the administrator to settle the deceased person's estate, giving them the same responsibilities as the executor of a will.

In most cases, the appointed person ends up being a family member, but if one comes forward and the deceased has an outstanding bill or liability, a creditor may apply and be appointed as administrator to open the estate and pay themselves back.

Abuse of Power of Attorney After the Principal's Death

As the agent, you are required to stop acting on behalf of the principal immediately after their death. Failure to do so may be considered an abuse of power of attorney, which is a potential crime.

From our earlier example, imagine John's daughter, Sarah, was granted a durable power of attorney to manage John's finances and medical decisions when he became incapacitated. However, after John passes away, Sarah continues to transfer money from John's bank accounts to her own, falsely claiming that John authorized the transactions.

In this case, Sarah's actions would be considered an abuse of power of attorney after John's death. This is illegal and can be reported to the probate court by John's other beneficiaries. The court may order Sarah to return the assets she took, and she may face criminal charges for her actions.

Heirs who suspect abuse of power of attorney can report disputes regarding the misappropriation of assets to the probate court by filing a petition with the court. The petition should state the reasons for suspecting the abuse and provide any evidence or documentation to support the claim.

Once the petition is filed, the court will review the case and may schedule a hearing to gather more evidence and testimony. The agent in question will be notified and given an opportunity to respond to the allegations.

During the hearing, the court will consider the evidence presented and determine whether the agent's actions were an abuse of power of attorney. If the court determines that the agent did abuse their authority, they may order the return of any misappropriated assets, remove the agent from their position, and even charge them criminally. 

Note: Most financial institutions will freeze the accounts of deceased persons as soon as they become aware of the death. The freeze typically remains in place until the executor or administrator of the estate contacts the institution. If you try to use a power of attorney after the grantor’s passing, the financial institution will most likely deny your request.

Are There Any Exceptions to the Rule that a Power of Attorney Expires Upon the Death of the Grantor?

Gavel, two people holding hands

Typically, a power of attorney automatically expires when the grantor dies, but there may be some limited exceptions or circumstances where a POA might continue to have an effect after the death of the grantor:

Co-Agents or Successor Agents

An example of a POA with co-agents or successor agents would be a POA granting two siblings joint authority to make medical decisions for their elderly parent. 

If one of the siblings dies before the parent, the other sibling may be able to continue making medical decisions for the parent under the POA.

Pending Transactions

An example of a POA that could continue to have an effect on a pending transaction after the grantor's death would be a POA granted to an agent to sell a home on the grantor's behalf. 

If the grantor dies before the sale is finalized, the agent may be able to complete the sale as long as the POA contains language indicating that it remains valid in the event of the grantor's death.

Survivorship Provisions

An example of a POA with a survivorship provision would be a joint bank account with a survivorship clause. 

If one of the account holders dies, the surviving account holder may be able to continue managing the account under the terms of the survivorship provision.

Secure Your Loved One's Legal Documents with Trustworthy

Trustworthy is an online platform that offers secure and reliable storage solutions for your legal documents, including power of attorney and estate distribution documents. 

Trustworthy uses advanced encryption technologies to protect your documents from unauthorized access or theft so your sensitive information remains private and secure.

With Trustworthy, you can access your POA and estate distribution documents from anywhere, anytime. You can easily manage your legal documents, update them as needed, and share them with your family.

By using Trustworthy, you can have peace of mind knowing that your important legal documents are protected and easily accessible whenever you need them.

Estate documents section in Trustworthy

Sign up for a free 14-day trial with Trustworthy today and experience the benefits of secure storage and easy access for yourself.

Estate Planning

How To Get Power of Attorney For A Deceased Person?

Reviewing paperwork with lawyer

Ty McDuffey

Apr 15, 2023

After a loved one passes, you might find yourself needing to close the deceased's bank accounts or sell their property. 

Many people mistakenly believe they can continue using a power of attorney to manage these aspects of the deceased's estate. 

However, a power of attorney is no longer valid after death, and the responsibility falls on the court-appointed personal representative or executor to go through probate proceedings instead. 

Understanding the estate planning process ahead of time can provide clarity during the difficult times following a loved one's passing. 

This article will explore the steps you need to take to properly administer an estate and the alternative procedures available when a power of attorney is no longer an option.

Key Takeaways:

  • A power of attorney becomes invalid upon the grantor's death, and the responsibility to manage the deceased's affairs falls on the court-appointed personal representative or executor.

  • When someone who appointed an agent with a durable power of attorney dies, the agent no longer has authority to manage their affairs.

  • Abuse of power of attorney after the principal's death is a potential crime. Heirs can report disputes to the probate court by filing a petition with evidence and documentation to support the claim.

A Power of Attorney Is Invalid After the Death of the Grantor

Reviewing paperwork

A power of attorney is rendered invalid upon the death of the grantor/principal. 

A power of attorney document authorizes someone else (commonly known as an agent or attorney-in-fact) to act on behalf of the grantor while they are alive, so it becomes invalid once the grantor passes away.

After the grantor’s death, the agent loses all legal authority to act on their behalf, and any actions taken by the agent would be deemed unauthorized.

So, for example, if your mother appointed you as her agent while she was alive, you may have had the legal authority to manage her finances, pay her bills, sell her property, and file her taxes. However, those powers terminate upon her passing away. 

To continue managing her affairs, you must be appointed as the executor of her estate in her will or by the court's appointment as the estate administrator.

Does a Durable Power of Attorney Also Expire After Death?

Yes, a durable power of attorney also expires after the principal's death. A durable power of attorney allows the agent to continue acting on the principal's behalf even if they become mentally incapacitated or unable to communicate, but it doesn't extend past the moment the principal passes away.

As such, a durable power of attorney expires upon the principal's passing. 

Imagine John grants a durable power of attorney to his daughter, Sarah, to take care of his finances and make medical decisions on his behalf if he becomes incapacitated. John later falls ill and is unable to make decisions for himself, so Sarah starts managing his affairs. However, when John passes away from his illness, Sarah's authority under the durable power of attorney expires.

If John has a will in place, he may have named Sarah as the executor, giving her the authority to manage his estate after his death. If he did not name an executor in his will, a court may appoint someone else as the estate administrator. In either case, Sarah's authority to manage her father's affairs depends on her appointment as the executor or administrator and NOT on the durable power of attorney.

What is the Difference Between an Executor of a Will and a Power of Attorney Agent?

When deciding how to manage affairs upon their death, a principal may appoint an executor of a will and a power of attorney agent.

An executor's responsibilities come into effect after the principal's death, primarily to ensure that the wishes outlined in their will are carried out and that assets are properly distributed to beneficiaries named in the will. 

In contrast, a power of attorney agent's authority to make decisions on the principal's behalf is only valid before the principal's passing.

Example: John appoints his son, James, as the executor of his will and his daughter, Sarah, as his power of attorney agent. After John passes away, James becomes responsible for managing John's assets and ensuring that his will is executed as per his wishes. In contrast, Sarah's authority to act on John's behalf as his power of attorney agent terminates upon his death.

Who Can Act on Behalf of the Deceased if there is not a Will?

Woman helping elderly woman review paperwork

If someone dies without a will, their property will be given to beneficiaries as determined by the laws of the state where they lived. These laws vary by location.

However, the probate court must still formally open the estate, and the court must appoint an "administrator" in situations where there is no will.

The administrator is usually the first person in the decedent's next of kin who is willing to apply to the probate court to be appointed as administrator. 

The court will then appoint the administrator to settle the deceased person's estate, giving them the same responsibilities as the executor of a will.

In most cases, the appointed person ends up being a family member, but if one comes forward and the deceased has an outstanding bill or liability, a creditor may apply and be appointed as administrator to open the estate and pay themselves back.

Abuse of Power of Attorney After the Principal's Death

As the agent, you are required to stop acting on behalf of the principal immediately after their death. Failure to do so may be considered an abuse of power of attorney, which is a potential crime.

From our earlier example, imagine John's daughter, Sarah, was granted a durable power of attorney to manage John's finances and medical decisions when he became incapacitated. However, after John passes away, Sarah continues to transfer money from John's bank accounts to her own, falsely claiming that John authorized the transactions.

In this case, Sarah's actions would be considered an abuse of power of attorney after John's death. This is illegal and can be reported to the probate court by John's other beneficiaries. The court may order Sarah to return the assets she took, and she may face criminal charges for her actions.

Heirs who suspect abuse of power of attorney can report disputes regarding the misappropriation of assets to the probate court by filing a petition with the court. The petition should state the reasons for suspecting the abuse and provide any evidence or documentation to support the claim.

Once the petition is filed, the court will review the case and may schedule a hearing to gather more evidence and testimony. The agent in question will be notified and given an opportunity to respond to the allegations.

During the hearing, the court will consider the evidence presented and determine whether the agent's actions were an abuse of power of attorney. If the court determines that the agent did abuse their authority, they may order the return of any misappropriated assets, remove the agent from their position, and even charge them criminally. 

Note: Most financial institutions will freeze the accounts of deceased persons as soon as they become aware of the death. The freeze typically remains in place until the executor or administrator of the estate contacts the institution. If you try to use a power of attorney after the grantor’s passing, the financial institution will most likely deny your request.

Are There Any Exceptions to the Rule that a Power of Attorney Expires Upon the Death of the Grantor?

Gavel, two people holding hands

Typically, a power of attorney automatically expires when the grantor dies, but there may be some limited exceptions or circumstances where a POA might continue to have an effect after the death of the grantor:

Co-Agents or Successor Agents

An example of a POA with co-agents or successor agents would be a POA granting two siblings joint authority to make medical decisions for their elderly parent. 

If one of the siblings dies before the parent, the other sibling may be able to continue making medical decisions for the parent under the POA.

Pending Transactions

An example of a POA that could continue to have an effect on a pending transaction after the grantor's death would be a POA granted to an agent to sell a home on the grantor's behalf. 

If the grantor dies before the sale is finalized, the agent may be able to complete the sale as long as the POA contains language indicating that it remains valid in the event of the grantor's death.

Survivorship Provisions

An example of a POA with a survivorship provision would be a joint bank account with a survivorship clause. 

If one of the account holders dies, the surviving account holder may be able to continue managing the account under the terms of the survivorship provision.

Secure Your Loved One's Legal Documents with Trustworthy

Trustworthy is an online platform that offers secure and reliable storage solutions for your legal documents, including power of attorney and estate distribution documents. 

Trustworthy uses advanced encryption technologies to protect your documents from unauthorized access or theft so your sensitive information remains private and secure.

With Trustworthy, you can access your POA and estate distribution documents from anywhere, anytime. You can easily manage your legal documents, update them as needed, and share them with your family.

By using Trustworthy, you can have peace of mind knowing that your important legal documents are protected and easily accessible whenever you need them.

Estate documents section in Trustworthy

Sign up for a free 14-day trial with Trustworthy today and experience the benefits of secure storage and easy access for yourself.

Estate Planning

How To Get Power of Attorney For A Deceased Person?

Reviewing paperwork with lawyer

Ty McDuffey

Apr 15, 2023

After a loved one passes, you might find yourself needing to close the deceased's bank accounts or sell their property. 

Many people mistakenly believe they can continue using a power of attorney to manage these aspects of the deceased's estate. 

However, a power of attorney is no longer valid after death, and the responsibility falls on the court-appointed personal representative or executor to go through probate proceedings instead. 

Understanding the estate planning process ahead of time can provide clarity during the difficult times following a loved one's passing. 

This article will explore the steps you need to take to properly administer an estate and the alternative procedures available when a power of attorney is no longer an option.

Key Takeaways:

  • A power of attorney becomes invalid upon the grantor's death, and the responsibility to manage the deceased's affairs falls on the court-appointed personal representative or executor.

  • When someone who appointed an agent with a durable power of attorney dies, the agent no longer has authority to manage their affairs.

  • Abuse of power of attorney after the principal's death is a potential crime. Heirs can report disputes to the probate court by filing a petition with evidence and documentation to support the claim.

A Power of Attorney Is Invalid After the Death of the Grantor

Reviewing paperwork

A power of attorney is rendered invalid upon the death of the grantor/principal. 

A power of attorney document authorizes someone else (commonly known as an agent or attorney-in-fact) to act on behalf of the grantor while they are alive, so it becomes invalid once the grantor passes away.

After the grantor’s death, the agent loses all legal authority to act on their behalf, and any actions taken by the agent would be deemed unauthorized.

So, for example, if your mother appointed you as her agent while she was alive, you may have had the legal authority to manage her finances, pay her bills, sell her property, and file her taxes. However, those powers terminate upon her passing away. 

To continue managing her affairs, you must be appointed as the executor of her estate in her will or by the court's appointment as the estate administrator.

Does a Durable Power of Attorney Also Expire After Death?

Yes, a durable power of attorney also expires after the principal's death. A durable power of attorney allows the agent to continue acting on the principal's behalf even if they become mentally incapacitated or unable to communicate, but it doesn't extend past the moment the principal passes away.

As such, a durable power of attorney expires upon the principal's passing. 

Imagine John grants a durable power of attorney to his daughter, Sarah, to take care of his finances and make medical decisions on his behalf if he becomes incapacitated. John later falls ill and is unable to make decisions for himself, so Sarah starts managing his affairs. However, when John passes away from his illness, Sarah's authority under the durable power of attorney expires.

If John has a will in place, he may have named Sarah as the executor, giving her the authority to manage his estate after his death. If he did not name an executor in his will, a court may appoint someone else as the estate administrator. In either case, Sarah's authority to manage her father's affairs depends on her appointment as the executor or administrator and NOT on the durable power of attorney.

What is the Difference Between an Executor of a Will and a Power of Attorney Agent?

When deciding how to manage affairs upon their death, a principal may appoint an executor of a will and a power of attorney agent.

An executor's responsibilities come into effect after the principal's death, primarily to ensure that the wishes outlined in their will are carried out and that assets are properly distributed to beneficiaries named in the will. 

In contrast, a power of attorney agent's authority to make decisions on the principal's behalf is only valid before the principal's passing.

Example: John appoints his son, James, as the executor of his will and his daughter, Sarah, as his power of attorney agent. After John passes away, James becomes responsible for managing John's assets and ensuring that his will is executed as per his wishes. In contrast, Sarah's authority to act on John's behalf as his power of attorney agent terminates upon his death.

Who Can Act on Behalf of the Deceased if there is not a Will?

Woman helping elderly woman review paperwork

If someone dies without a will, their property will be given to beneficiaries as determined by the laws of the state where they lived. These laws vary by location.

However, the probate court must still formally open the estate, and the court must appoint an "administrator" in situations where there is no will.

The administrator is usually the first person in the decedent's next of kin who is willing to apply to the probate court to be appointed as administrator. 

The court will then appoint the administrator to settle the deceased person's estate, giving them the same responsibilities as the executor of a will.

In most cases, the appointed person ends up being a family member, but if one comes forward and the deceased has an outstanding bill or liability, a creditor may apply and be appointed as administrator to open the estate and pay themselves back.

Abuse of Power of Attorney After the Principal's Death

As the agent, you are required to stop acting on behalf of the principal immediately after their death. Failure to do so may be considered an abuse of power of attorney, which is a potential crime.

From our earlier example, imagine John's daughter, Sarah, was granted a durable power of attorney to manage John's finances and medical decisions when he became incapacitated. However, after John passes away, Sarah continues to transfer money from John's bank accounts to her own, falsely claiming that John authorized the transactions.

In this case, Sarah's actions would be considered an abuse of power of attorney after John's death. This is illegal and can be reported to the probate court by John's other beneficiaries. The court may order Sarah to return the assets she took, and she may face criminal charges for her actions.

Heirs who suspect abuse of power of attorney can report disputes regarding the misappropriation of assets to the probate court by filing a petition with the court. The petition should state the reasons for suspecting the abuse and provide any evidence or documentation to support the claim.

Once the petition is filed, the court will review the case and may schedule a hearing to gather more evidence and testimony. The agent in question will be notified and given an opportunity to respond to the allegations.

During the hearing, the court will consider the evidence presented and determine whether the agent's actions were an abuse of power of attorney. If the court determines that the agent did abuse their authority, they may order the return of any misappropriated assets, remove the agent from their position, and even charge them criminally. 

Note: Most financial institutions will freeze the accounts of deceased persons as soon as they become aware of the death. The freeze typically remains in place until the executor or administrator of the estate contacts the institution. If you try to use a power of attorney after the grantor’s passing, the financial institution will most likely deny your request.

Are There Any Exceptions to the Rule that a Power of Attorney Expires Upon the Death of the Grantor?

Gavel, two people holding hands

Typically, a power of attorney automatically expires when the grantor dies, but there may be some limited exceptions or circumstances where a POA might continue to have an effect after the death of the grantor:

Co-Agents or Successor Agents

An example of a POA with co-agents or successor agents would be a POA granting two siblings joint authority to make medical decisions for their elderly parent. 

If one of the siblings dies before the parent, the other sibling may be able to continue making medical decisions for the parent under the POA.

Pending Transactions

An example of a POA that could continue to have an effect on a pending transaction after the grantor's death would be a POA granted to an agent to sell a home on the grantor's behalf. 

If the grantor dies before the sale is finalized, the agent may be able to complete the sale as long as the POA contains language indicating that it remains valid in the event of the grantor's death.

Survivorship Provisions

An example of a POA with a survivorship provision would be a joint bank account with a survivorship clause. 

If one of the account holders dies, the surviving account holder may be able to continue managing the account under the terms of the survivorship provision.

Secure Your Loved One's Legal Documents with Trustworthy

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Trustworthy uses advanced encryption technologies to protect your documents from unauthorized access or theft so your sensitive information remains private and secure.

With Trustworthy, you can access your POA and estate distribution documents from anywhere, anytime. You can easily manage your legal documents, update them as needed, and share them with your family.

By using Trustworthy, you can have peace of mind knowing that your important legal documents are protected and easily accessible whenever you need them.

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grandparents
grandparents

Aug 3, 2023

The Ultimate Guide to Decluttering and Simplifying Your Home as You Age

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The Essential Guide to Preparing for Retirement

Estate Planning For Blended Families (Complete Guide)
Estate Planning For Blended Families (Complete Guide)
Estate Planning For Blended Families (Complete Guide)

Aug 3, 2023

Estate Planning For Blended Families (Complete Guide)

Estate Planning For Physicians (Complete Guide)
Estate Planning For Physicians (Complete Guide)
Estate Planning For Physicians (Complete Guide)

Aug 3, 2023

Estate Planning For Physicians (Complete Guide)

are you legally responsible for your elderly parents
are you legally responsible for your elderly parents
are you legally responsible for your elderly parents

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Are You Legally Responsible For Your Elderly Parents?

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Multi-generational family walking through a field
Multi-generational family walking through a field

Jun 7, 2023

How To Travel With Elderly Parent: Here's How to Prepare

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Retirement center
Retirement center

Jun 6, 2023

Checklist For Moving A Parent To Assisted Living

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Elderly parents with son
Elderly parents with son

Jun 6, 2023

How to Set Up A Trust For An Elderly Parent: 6 Easy Steps

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Daughter helping her mom review paperwork
Daughter helping her mom review paperwork

Jun 6, 2023

How To Stop Elderly Parents From Giving Money Away (9 Tips)

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Elderly parents signing documents
Elderly parents signing documents

Jun 6, 2023

Should Elderly Parents Sign Over Their House? Pros & Cons

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A couple looking at their computer
A couple looking at their computer

May 17, 2023

Estate Planning: A Comprehensive Guide

Helping elderly parents - the complete guide
Helping elderly parents - the complete guide
Helping elderly parents - the complete guide

May 2, 2023

Helping Elderly Parents: The Complete Guide

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Family seated on sofa having a discussion
Family seated on sofa having a discussion

May 1, 2023

Trustworthy guide: How to organize your digital information

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Person signing a document
Person signing a document

Apr 15, 2023

Can My Husband Make a Will Without My Knowledge?

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Son on father's shoulders
Son on father's shoulders

Apr 15, 2023

What is a Last Will and Testament (also known as a Will)?

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A couple looking at a document with a calculator
A couple looking at a document with a calculator

Apr 15, 2023

Can A Wife Sell Deceased Husband's Property (6 Rules)

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Paper shredding
Paper shredding

Apr 15, 2023

Should I Shred Documents Of A Deceased Person? (5 Tips)

Can I Change My Power of Attorney Without A Lawyer?
Can I Change My Power of Attorney Without A Lawyer?
Can I Change My Power of Attorney Without A Lawyer?

Apr 15, 2023

Can I Change My Power of Attorney Without A Lawyer?

Can You Have Two Power of Attorneys? (A Lawyer Answers)
Can You Have Two Power of Attorneys? (A Lawyer Answers)
Can You Have Two Power of Attorneys? (A Lawyer Answers)

Apr 15, 2023

Can You Have Two Power of Attorneys? (A Lawyer Answers)

Do Attorneys Keep Copies Of a Will? (4 Things To Know)
Do Attorneys Keep Copies Of a Will? (4 Things To Know)
Do Attorneys Keep Copies Of a Will? (4 Things To Know)

Apr 15, 2023

Do Attorneys Keep Copies Of a Will? (4 Things To Know)

Estate Planning for a Special Needs Child (Complete Guide)
Estate Planning for a Special Needs Child (Complete Guide)
Estate Planning for a Special Needs Child (Complete Guide)

Apr 15, 2023

Estate Planning for a Special Needs Child (Complete Guide)

Estate Planning For Childless Couples (Complete Guide)
Estate Planning For Childless Couples (Complete Guide)
Estate Planning For Childless Couples (Complete Guide)

Apr 15, 2023

Estate Planning For Childless Couples (Complete Guide)

Estate Planning For Elderly Parents
Estate Planning For Elderly Parents
Estate Planning For Elderly Parents

Apr 15, 2023

Estate Planning For Elderly Parents (Complete Guide)

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Woman talking with an advisor in a house
Woman talking with an advisor in a house

Apr 15, 2023

Estate Planning For High Net Worth & Large Estates

Estate Planning For Irresponsible Children (Complete Guide)
Estate Planning For Irresponsible Children (Complete Guide)
Estate Planning For Irresponsible Children (Complete Guide)

Apr 15, 2023

Estate Planning For Irresponsible Children (Complete Guide)

How To Get Power of Attorney For Parent With Dementia?
How To Get Power of Attorney For Parent With Dementia?
How To Get Power of Attorney For Parent With Dementia?

Apr 15, 2023

How To Get Power of Attorney For Parent With Dementia?

I Lost My Power of Attorney Papers, Now What?
I Lost My Power of Attorney Papers, Now What?
I Lost My Power of Attorney Papers, Now What?

Apr 15, 2023

I Lost My Power of Attorney Papers, Now What?

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White house
White house

Apr 15, 2023

Is It Better To Sell or Rent An Inherited House? (Pros & Cons)

Is It Wrong To Move Away From Elderly Parents? My Advice
Is It Wrong To Move Away From Elderly Parents? My Advice
Is It Wrong To Move Away From Elderly Parents? My Advice

Apr 15, 2023

Is It Wrong To Move Away From Elderly Parents? My Advice

Moving An Elderly Parent Into Your Home: What To Know
Moving An Elderly Parent Into Your Home: What To Know
Moving An Elderly Parent Into Your Home: What To Know

Apr 15, 2023

Moving An Elderly Parent Into Your Home: What To Know

Moving An Elderly Parent to Another State: What To Know
Moving An Elderly Parent to Another State: What To Know
Moving An Elderly Parent to Another State: What To Know

Apr 15, 2023

Moving An Elderly Parent to Another State: What To Know

What If Witnesses To A Will Cannot Be Found? A Lawyer Answers
What If Witnesses To A Will Cannot Be Found? A Lawyer Answers
What If Witnesses To A Will Cannot Be Found? A Lawyer Answers

Apr 15, 2023

What If Witnesses To A Will Cannot Be Found? A Lawyer Answers

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A couple reviewing documents and signing them
A couple reviewing documents and signing them

Apr 15, 2023

What To Bring To Estate Planning Meeting (Checklist)

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A couple in a meeting with a professional
A couple in a meeting with a professional

Apr 15, 2023

When Should You Get An Estate Plan? (According To A Lawyer)

Which Sibling Should Take Care of Elderly Parents?
Which Sibling Should Take Care of Elderly Parents?
Which Sibling Should Take Care of Elderly Parents?

Apr 15, 2023

Which Sibling Should Take Care of Elderly Parents?

Who Can Override A Power of Attorney? (A Lawyer Answers)
Who Can Override A Power of Attorney? (A Lawyer Answers)
Who Can Override A Power of Attorney? (A Lawyer Answers)

Apr 15, 2023

Who Can Override A Power of Attorney? (A Lawyer Answers)

Can Power of Attorney Sell Property Before Death?
Can Power of Attorney Sell Property Before Death?
Can Power of Attorney Sell Property Before Death?

Apr 15, 2023

Can Power of Attorney Sell Property Before Death?

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Person at a coffee shop using their laptop with a credit card in hand
Person at a coffee shop using their laptop with a credit card in hand

Apr 15, 2023

Can The Executor Of A Will Access Bank Accounts? (Yes, Here's How)

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Elderly parents working with a professional
Elderly parents working with a professional

Apr 15, 2023

Complete List of Things To Do For Elderly Parents (Checklist)

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Reviewing paperwork with lawyer
Reviewing paperwork with lawyer

Apr 15, 2023

How To Get Power of Attorney For A Deceased Person?

Apr 15, 2023

How To Help Elderly Parents From A Distance? 7 Tips

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Woman talking with her parents
Woman talking with her parents

Apr 15, 2023

Legal Documents For Elderly Parents: Checklist

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House
House

Apr 15, 2023

Selling Elderly Parents Home: How To Do It + Mistakes To Avoid

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Elderly woman who looks like she has a headache
Elderly woman who looks like she has a headache

Apr 15, 2023

What To Do When A Sibling Is Manipulating Elderly Parents

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Two men reviewing paperwork
Two men reviewing paperwork

Apr 6, 2023

Can An Out of State Attorney Write My Will? (A Lawyer Answers)

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People working at a computer, working on a stack of bills
People working at a computer, working on a stack of bills

Mar 15, 2023

Settling an Estate: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Check on the table
Check on the table

Feb 10, 2023

My Deceased Husband Received A Check In The Mail (4 Steps To Take)

The Benefits of Working With an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney
The Benefits of Working With an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney
The Benefits of Working With an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney

Feb 7, 2023

The Benefits of Working With an Experienced Estate Planning Attorney

How To Track Elderly Parents' Phone (2 Options)
How To Track Elderly Parents' Phone (2 Options)
How To Track Elderly Parents' Phone (2 Options)

Feb 6, 2023

How To Track Elderly Parents' Phone (2 Options)

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Someone filling out a social security benefits application form
Someone filling out a social security benefits application form

Feb 1, 2023

Can You Collect Your Parents' Social Security When They Die?

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Veteran Benefits book
Veteran Benefits book

Feb 1, 2023

How Do I Stop VA Benefits When Someone Dies (Simple Guide)

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Person typing on a laptop with a credit card in hand
Person typing on a laptop with a credit card in hand

Feb 1, 2023

Can You Pay Money Into A Deceased Person's Bank Account?

Deleting A Facebook Account When Someone Dies (Step by Step)
Deleting A Facebook Account When Someone Dies (Step by Step)
Deleting A Facebook Account When Someone Dies (Step by Step)

Feb 1, 2023

Deleting A Facebook Account When Someone Dies (Step by Step)

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Two people sitting across a desk speaking to each other with papers on desk.
Two people sitting across a desk speaking to each other with papers on desk.

Feb 1, 2023

Does The DMV Know When Someone Dies?

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Gavel
Gavel

Feb 1, 2023

How To Find A Deceased Person's Lawyer (5 Ways)

How To Plan A Celebration Of Life (10 Steps With Examples)
How To Plan A Celebration Of Life (10 Steps With Examples)
How To Plan A Celebration Of Life (10 Steps With Examples)

Feb 1, 2023

How To Plan A Celebration Of Life (10 Steps With Examples)

How To Stop Mail Of A Deceased Person? A Simple Guide
How To Stop Mail Of A Deceased Person? A Simple Guide
How To Stop Mail Of A Deceased Person? A Simple Guide

Feb 1, 2023

How To Stop Mail Of A Deceased Person? A Simple Guide

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Social security card, 1040 form
Social security card, 1040 form

Feb 1, 2023

How to Stop Social Security Direct Deposit After Death

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Firearm
Firearm

Feb 1, 2023

How To Transfer Firearms From A Deceased Person (3 Steps)

How To Write An Obituary (5 Steps With Examples)
How To Write An Obituary (5 Steps With Examples)
How To Write An Obituary (5 Steps With Examples)

Feb 1, 2023

How To Write An Obituary (5 Steps With Examples)

Unlock iPhone When Someone Dies (5 Things To Try)
Unlock iPhone When Someone Dies (5 Things To Try)
Unlock iPhone When Someone Dies (5 Things To Try)

Feb 1, 2023

Unlock iPhone When Someone Dies (5 Things To Try)

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Close-up of a tire on silver car on a road
Close-up of a tire on silver car on a road

Feb 1, 2023

What Happens To A Leased Vehicle When Someone Dies?

Do Wills Expire? 6 Things To Know
Do Wills Expire? 6 Things To Know
Do Wills Expire? 6 Things To Know

Jan 31, 2023

Do Wills Expire? 6 Things To Know

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Person typing on a laptop
Person typing on a laptop

Jan 31, 2023

How To Get Into a Deceased Person's Computer (Microsoft & Apple)

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Fingerprint documentation
Fingerprint documentation

Jan 31, 2023

Why Do Funeral Homes Take Fingerprints of the Deceased?

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Foreclosure in front of a home
Foreclosure in front of a home

Jan 31, 2023

What To Do If Your Deceased Parents' Home Is In Foreclosure

Questions To Ask An Estate Attorney After Death (Checklist)
Questions To Ask An Estate Attorney After Death (Checklist)
Questions To Ask An Estate Attorney After Death (Checklist)

Jan 31, 2023

Questions To Ask An Estate Attorney After Death (Checklist)

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Woman looking stressed while holding a document at her computer
Woman looking stressed while holding a document at her computer

Jan 31, 2023

What Happens If a Deceased Individual Owes Taxes?

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Elderly people talking with professional
Elderly people talking with professional

Jan 31, 2023

Components of Estate Planning: 6 Things To Consider

What To Do If Insurance Check Is Made Out To A Deceased Person
What To Do If Insurance Check Is Made Out To A Deceased Person
What To Do If Insurance Check Is Made Out To A Deceased Person

Jan 22, 2023

What To Do If Insurance Check Is Made Out To A Deceased Person

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Scattered photograph negatives
Scattered photograph negatives

Jan 8, 2023

What Does a Typical Estate Plan Include?

Can I Do A Video Will? (Is It Legitimate & What To Consider)
Can I Do A Video Will? (Is It Legitimate & What To Consider)
Can I Do A Video Will? (Is It Legitimate & What To Consider)

Apr 15, 2022

Can I Do A Video Will? (Is It Legitimate & What To Consider)

Estate Planning For Green Card Holders (Complete Guide)
Estate Planning For Green Card Holders (Complete Guide)
Estate Planning For Green Card Holders (Complete Guide)

Apr 15, 2022

Estate Planning For Green Card Holders (Complete Guide)

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Chair in a bedroom
Chair in a bedroom

Mar 2, 2022

What Does Your “Property” Mean?

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Gavel
Gavel

Mar 2, 2022

What is the Uniform Trust Code? What is the Uniform Probate Code?

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Female statue balancing scales
Female statue balancing scales

Mar 2, 2022

Do You Need to Avoid Probate?

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Person signing document
Person signing document

Mar 2, 2022

How is a Trust Created?

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stethoscope
stethoscope

Mar 2, 2022

What Are Advance Directives?

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Couple standing on the beach
Couple standing on the beach

Mar 2, 2022

What does a Trustee Do?

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Large house exterior
Large house exterior

Mar 2, 2022

What is an Estate Plan? (And why you need one)

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Gavel
Gavel

Mar 2, 2022

What is Probate?

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United States Map
United States Map

Mar 2, 2022

What Is Your Domicile & Why It Matters

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Man organizing paperwork
Man organizing paperwork

Mar 2, 2022

What Is a Power of Attorney for Finances?

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A baby and toddler lying on a bed
A baby and toddler lying on a bed

Mar 1, 2022

Should your family consider an umbrella insurance policy?

Woman typing on laptop on a table with tea, plant, notebooks
Woman typing on laptop on a table with tea, plant, notebooks
Woman typing on laptop on a table with tea, plant, notebooks

Mar 1, 2022

Do I need a digital power of attorney?

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Person signing documents
Person signing documents

Apr 6, 2020

What Exactly is a Trust?