New Power of Attorney Law Effective September 1, 2009
October 11, 2009
This edition of the Koldin Report E-Newsletter reviews the New Power of Attorney Law effective September 1, 2009.
New York State has recently enacted a new law regarding Powers of Attorney. The law establishes a new “statutory form” which must be used on or after September 1, 2009. Any Power of Attorney signed before September 1, 2009 is still valid.
A Power of Attorney is an important legal document where you give your agent(s) (person you appoint to serve on your behalf) the legal authority to handle your finances and make other business decisions on your behalf. If you become incapacitated in the future and have not signed a Power of Attorney, a Guardianship proceeding may become necessary.
The new Power of Attorney form has numerous important changes designed to give you more flexibility and protection in deciding what powers to grant to your agent(s):
1) It allows you to appoint a “monitor” to oversee your agent(s) to make certain your agent is acting in your best interests.
2) It allows you to permit your agent(s) to collect a fee for his/her/their time spent handling your affairs.
3) It requires your appointed agent(s) to sign the Power of Attorney agreeing to serve and acknowledging their duty to act only in your best interests.
4) It provides for an optional “gift rider” for you to specify whether your agent(s) can make gifts and allows you to provide specific guidelines and restrictions for such gifts.
If you already have a Power of Attorney prepared by the prior to 1997, we recommend that you consider signing a new Power of Attorney which contains substantially more powers we believe could be helpful.
If you signed a Power of Attorney with the on or after January 1, 1997, then your Power of Attorney contains enough enhanced authority for your agent to handle your affairs in the event of a catastrophic illness. However, if you desire some of the additional features the new form offers, please feel free to contact our office.
Under this new law, the “statutory form” has the basic powers. The law then allows for substantial modification of the basic form. The has prepared an enhanced Power of Attorney which provides additional powers we feel are important if a catastrophic illness occurs.
A Power of Attorney cannot be used to make health care decisions. A separate document called a Health Care Proxy is available for New York residents.
If you do not have a Power of Attorney, or if you would like to review your existing Power of Attorney and discuss whether a new one should be prepared, please feel free to contact the .
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