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If I give a durable power of attorney with full authority can I still give a will to somebody else or do I give up that

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

I gave full poa to my friend 5 years ago and gave a will to my sister a few months ago. is that will valid.

ATTORNEY ANSWER BY MARGARET L. CROSS:

A durable power of attorney is a document in which you give another the right to make financial

decisions for you during your lifetime. This document is executed so that if you become incompetent, your attorney in fact can access your money to take care of you. The power of the attorney in fact ends at your death. Your will is a document that states which of your heirs will received your assets after your death. The two do not cancel each other out.

Legal Disclaimer: Please note that this answer does not constitute legal advice, and should not be relied on since each situation is fact specific, and it is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the facts and documents at issue. This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship. A lawyer experienced in the subject area and licensed to practice in the jurisdiction should be consulted for legal advice.

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