Attorneys Washington DC

I'll assume the phrase "power of attorney plus" is akin to a durable power of attorney as it relates to the term nondurable power of attorney. The former is a general authorization for a person's ("principal's") designated person ("agent") to act for or on behalf of the principal. Contrary to a nondurable power of attorney, which is used for a specific transaction, a durable power of attorney is broad in scope and is in effect until revoked by the principal, or upon that principal's death.

Chai R Feldblum
(202) 662-9595
600 New Jersey Ave Nw
Washington, DC
State Licensing
DC

Renee S Ross
(202) 628-8319
Apt 500, 912 F St Nw
Washington, DC
State Licensing
Maryland

Peter T Wechsler
(202) 514-2705
20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Room 7216
Washington, DC
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Christine E Heatley
(202) 693-8300
200 CONSTITUTION AVE NW RM S-2524
WASHINGTON, DC
State Licensing
Massachusetts

Kenneth A Hellman
(202) 693-5451
Office Of Solicitor, 200 Constitution Avenue Nw
Washington, DC
State Licensing
DC

Kevin R Barry
(202) 205-6424
330 Independence Ave, Rm 5527
Washington, DC
State Licensing
DC

Amanda Axeen
(202) 565-0177
330 Independence Avenue Sw, Cohen Bldg. Room G-644 Ms 6127
Washington, DC
State Licensing
DC

Nicole Gilkeson
(202) 662-5674
1201 Pennsylvania Ave Nw
Washington, DC
State Licensing
DC

Patricia Stewart
(202) 514-7064
555 4th Street Nw
Washington, DC
State Licensing
DC

Krystal Star Williams
Apt 224, 300 Massachusetts Ave Nw
Washington, DC
State Licensing
Maryland

Defining Terms

Q: Can you please explain the difference between Power of Attorney and Power of Attorney Plus

 

I'll assume the phrase "power of attorney plus" is akin to a durable power of attorney as it relates to the term nondurable power of attorney. The former is a general authorization for a person's ("principal's") designated person ("agent") to act for or on behalf of the principal. Contrary to a nondurable power of attorney, which is used for a specific transaction, a durable power of attorney is broad in scope and is in effect until revoked by the principal, or upon that principal's death.

An example of use for a nondurable power of attorney is when one needs to close on a sale of a residence or business and is traveling abroad or is not otherwise available to attend. An agent (often an attorney) is given a notarized nondurable power of attorney to facilitate execution of that transaction. An example of a durable power of attorney is when the principal is not physically or mentally competent to make a decision, and prior to reaching that state (or by court order) authorizes an agent to act on their behalf.

While an agent is obligated to act in the principal's best interests, one must be careful as a power of attorney is a powerful document that can be abused, particularly durable powers of attorney. Indeed, an unscrupulous agent can abuse that authority and transfer the principal's assets or property to themselves or others. Make sure the agent is trustworthy, and provide for an auditing mechanism by you or a disinterested third party where feasible to help ensure that all is handled properly. Also remember that different jurisdictions have different rules for powers of attorney, so the assistance of council is recommended.

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