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A Power of Attorney is a legal document, typically included in ones estate planning which allows you to appoint an individual or organization to handle your affairs while if you are unavailable or physically or mentally unable to do so yourself. The person or organization you appoint is referred to as an "Attorney-in-Fact" or "Agent."
A Power of Attorney may be drafted to give specific duties or authority, or broad authority, depending upon the language of the Power of Attorney Document. The more detailed the instructions, authority, or restrictions contained in the legal document are, it increases your ability to ensure your interests and well being are properly maintained.
In the state of Florida the types of Powers of Attorney include:
Regardless of the type of Power of Attorney, the importance of specifying the authorities, limitations, and restrictions is extremely important, as well as your choice of who to grant Power of Attorney. The "Attorney-in-Fact" or "Agent" has a legal responsibility to act only in the best interest of the individual, individuals, estate, or organization the Power of Attorney was drafted to serve. You may choose to revoke a Power of Attorney at any time, and in the case of physical or mental incapacitation, if a breach of duties is proven, the court may remove "Attorney-in-Fact" or "Agent" and appoint another individual to perform the duties and responsibilities of the Power of Attorney.