In many cases, your agent will be able to act on your behalf when they present a photocopy of your durable power of attorney document. However, certain types of transactions, such as those involving real estate transactions, will require the original signed document. Some financial institutions also require the original document before they will transact with your named attorney-in-fact.
As a result, some people choose to execute more than one original durable power of attorney. Regardless of how many original copies you sign, be sure to keep them in a safe place, and be sure your named attorney-in-fact knows where those documents are maintained.
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