By: Jacqueline R. Bowden and Phillip B. Rarick, Miami Estate Planning Attorneys
A power of attorney is a legal instrument you may give to a trusted family member or friend (commonly called your attorney-in-fact or agent) to manage your financial affairs and act on your behalf. The person creating the document is referred to as the principal. A Durable Power of Attorney (DPA) differs as it remains effective after the principal becomes incapacitated. In order for a DPA to remain effective it must include language stating that subsequent incapacity will not affect the powers of your agent.
Note: Florida’s Durable Power of Attorney law was completely rewritten effective October 1, 2011. See New Florida Durable Power of Attorney Law Makes Sweeping Changes. If you have a DPA dated prior to October, 2011, we strongly recommend that you update your DPA.