Deanna L. Durbin, Attorney

Akron Probate Attorney


Ohio Power of Attorney

Most POA's are durable, meaning they continue during any period of incapacity, but there are also Limited POA's that limit the agent's powers to act to specific, lilmited situations.  

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

A Power of Attorney (POA) 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. A major driver of this act was the prevention of elder abuse.

Importantly, it 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.