This article will explain some of the drafting decision reflected in the author’s sample form of durable general power of attorney (“the form”). The form and this commentary were originally published on 12/1/2014 to reflect changes to 20 Pa.C.S. Ch....
Below is the author’s form of durable general power of attorney, including changes required or suggested by Act 95 of 2014 and Acts 79 and 103 of 2016. There is a separate article with commentary on the form. A copy...
The son of decedent, who was an agent under power of attorney and became executor of his mom’s estate, closed “payable on death” bank account while agent and distributed the money to two of the decedent’s three children and his … Continue reading
This fourth and final part of a four part series describes the changes made by Act 95 of 2014 to the duties and liabilities of agents, as well as a few miscellaneous changes not covered by previous parts.
This third part of a four part series on Act 95 of 2014 describes the changes made to the provisions for liabilities of third parties relying upon, or refusing to accept, a power of attorney.
This second part of a four part series describes the changes made by Act 95 of 2014 to the authority of agents to make gifts and other acts affecting the principal's estate plan and the disposition of property after the death of the principal.
In will contest, executor of probated will (and former agent of decedent under a power of attorney) appealed from the trial court’s demurrer of two preliminary objections, arguing that intestate heirs lack standing to contest the will and lack standing … Continue reading
House Bill 1429, which makes a number of changes to the form and effect of powers of attorney, was signed by Governor Corbett on July 2, becoming Act 95 of 2014. The more important changes made by Act 95 include new requirements for witnesses and notarized acknowledgements, changes to the notice to the principal and the required acknowledgements by agents, new limits on the liability of third parties in order to reverse the reasoning of the Supreme Court in the Vine decision, new limits on the power of agents to make gifts and other estate planning actions, and a revision and restatement of the duties and liabilities of agents.Continue reading
In an action by the one of executors to compel an accounting by the agents under a power of attorney, the law firm representing the petitioner-executor was disqualified when a principal of the firm had previously represented the decedent and … Continue reading
Agent under durable power of attorney established irrevocable trust, which denied the right of the principal to the trust’s principal. Principal objected to the trust, and the trust was terminated. Following principal’s death, former agent petitioned to have the trust … Continue reading