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Power of Attorney in Washington

Many Kent area residents understand the importance of creating a power of attorney. A power of attorney is an important estate planning tool that should be executed by everyone, regardless of age. There are several requirements in designating a power of attorney in Washington that people should be familiar with.

Under Washington's Uniform Power of Attorney Act, there are several unique characteristics that a resident may want to be aware of. First, a power of attorney designation needs to be either witnessed by two people or signed by a notary. If there are co-agents listed in a power of attorney, they must work together unless the power of attorney document states that they can work independently. In addition, a power of attorney will be terminated in the event of a divorce or a court appointment of a guardian or fiduciary.

Having a power of attorney as party of an estate plan is important for many families. A power of attorney can be set up to step in if a person becomes incapacitated. There is a financial power of attorney and a health care power of attorney. The financial power of attorney would make financial decisions on behalf of a person while the healthcare power of attorney makes health care decisions if a person becomes incapacitated. Both of these roles are extremely important and choosing a power of attorney should be done with care.

A legal professional who specializes in estate planning can help their client create their power of attorney designations. They understand that there are unique situations for every family and can offer advice as to which estate planning tools make sense for their situation both now and into the future.

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