Revoking a Power of Attorney in South Florida

 

There may come a time when you decide to revoke a power of attorney. You may no longer want or trust the person you chose previously to make these decisions in your place.

If so, you will need to take a few steps to ensure the old powers of attorney are properly revoked.

What are the reasons for revoking a power of attorney?

  • You may have gotten divorced and no longer want your spouse to control your affairs. In Florida, a divorce automatically terminates the durable power of attorney.
  • You may no longer trust the individual who you had previously designated as your power of attorney.
  • You no longer speak with the person who was your previous power of attorney agent, or they have moved away, or passed on.
  • Your children may have come of age to become your new power of attorney agents.
  • You have recently married and would like to change your designated agent to your new spouse.
  • You may have found a more suitable candidate to act as your power of attorney agent.
  • You no longer have a need for a power of attorney.

A power of attorney can be revoked at any time, as long as you are mentally competent.

How to Revoke a Power of Attorney

If you designate a new power of attorney, it should state that the previous powers of Attorney Coral Springs, FLattorney are officially revoked.

You will need to revoke your power of attorney in writing, and you should sign it in front of a person who is a notary public. The revocation should state that you are of sound mind and include your name and your wish to revoke the power of attorney.

The Florida Revocation of Power of Attorney form should contain the following information:

  • Date of the original power of attorney form
  • Name and address of the principal (you) that granted the power of attorney
  • Name and address of your previous power of attorney agent
  • Date of the revocation form
  • Your signature – in front of a notary public
  • The notary’s signature and seal

The revocation should also be delivered to the attorney-in-fact along with a copy to any third parties such as your bank, insurance company, or investment firm that your agent may have been in contact with.

If the power attorney was recorded at the county recorder’s office, the revocation should be made at the same place. Ask your attorney if your jurisdiction requires that a legal notice be published in a local newspaper.

You should get the original power of attorney back from your previous agent, but if that cannot occur, send a certified letter to the agent stating that the power of attorney has been revoked.

Coral Springs attorneys Brodzki Jacobs & Associates, PL, can help you with all of your power of attorney, estate planning, or legal needs in South Florida. Call us today at (954) 344-7737 to schedule a consultation.

 

 

 

 

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