Is there an after-death power of attorney form?


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All states have laws that specifically state a power of attorney expires on the death of the principal, according to LegalZoom. A power of attorney expires under certain circumstances, including death.

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A power of attorney is a document that provides an individual, called the agent, the legal authority to act on behalf of someone, called the principal, who is unable to do so, according to LegalZoom. A general power of attorney gives authority to act on any and all matters allowable under state laws, while a specific power of attorney grants authority over just one matter. All power of attorney documents expire upon the principal's death.

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