When does the power under my durable power of attorney begin and when does it end?

The authority to act under a durable power of attorney is effective the moment the form is legally executed and in force. Alternatively, the form can be a “springing” power of attorney, meaning that your named attorney-in-fact does not have authority to act for you until a certain date or until you are incapacitated or incompetent.

Your durable power of attorney will remain in effect until the date of termination specified in the document or until you choose to revoke the document. If you do not specify an end date for your durable power of attorney and have not revoked it in writing, the authority granted to your agent ends the moment of your death. At that point, the named personal representative or executor in your will takes over the management of your affairs.

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