What Makes a Power of Attorney “Durable”?

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A Power of Attorney is a legal document you use to authorize another person to act on your behalf. The rules governing powers of attorney are generally a matter of state law. Many state laws are based on the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. But the terminology and rules can vary substantially from state to […]

What is an Adult Guardianship?

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There are two primary types of adult guardians in Pennsylvania – a guardian of the person and a guardian of the estate. A guardian of the person is in charge of the health care decisions and living arrangements for of the individual. A guardian of the estate is in charge of the property management and […]

Planning for Getting Older

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It’s 2017. Another year has disappeared into history. If you are like me, the older you get, the more quickly each year seems to pass. January is the month when people make resolutions for the New Year. If you are over age 60, and especially if you have reached age 70 (like me), consider this […]

More Changes to PA Power of Attorney Law

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Pennsylvania has revisited its law pertaining to the requirements for signing and notarization of powers of attorney. HB 665 was signed by the Governor on October 4, 2016. It becomes Act 103 of 2016. The new law modifies Chapter 56 of Title 20 (the Decedent’s, Estate’s and Fiduciaries Code) and Title 57 (Notaries Public) of […]

PA Makes Changes to Power of Attorney Laws

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On July 8, 2016 the Governor signed Senate Bill 1104 (SB 1104) into law as Act 79. SB 1104 makes broad ranging amendments to Title 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. Included are a number of changes to Pennsylvania laws regarding powers of attorney. It is likely that another bill dealing […]