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Ohio Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney allows a person, the Principal, to appoint one or more Agents to perform specific legal and financial acts on behalf of the Principal. A valid Power of Attorney avoids the need for a court appointed guardian of the estate should a person need assistance with their financial affairs.

In 2012, Ohio's Power of Attorney Act was enacted, which helped improve Ohio's law, including agent duties, and provided a common statutory form.

Importantly, it also clarified the use of what are commonly called hot powers - powers that would allow an agent to dissipate the Principal's assets or change his/her estate plan.  It is important when preparing a power of attorney to decide whether or not you wish for your Agent to have such powers, and under what circumstances.

330-472-2083 today for a free initial consultation to discuss your estate planning needs.

Deanna L. Durbin, Attorney