Massachusetts Secretary of State Wants More Regulation of Power of Attorneys

Massachusetts doesn’t regulate powers of attorney — a signed, notarized letter of appointment is the only requirement — and advocates for the elderly say the absence of oversight makes it too easy for an unscrupulous person to exploit the position for personal gain. Secretary of State William Galvin aims to remedy the problem with a proposal he submitted to the Massachusetts legislature earlier this year that would bar people with power of attorney from enriching themselves or otherwise abusing their authority.

Source/more information: Boston Globe (June 25, 2011)

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