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NEW POWER OF ATTORNEY FORM & RULES EFFECTIVE JUNE 13, 2021

As of June 13, 2021, there is a new statutory short form power of attorney in effect with new execution requirements and obligations.  Nonetheless, an existing previously executed power of attorney, if valid when executed, will continue to be considered valid and does not need to be re-executed.  Execution requirements of a power of attorney are complicated and extremely specific, which is why they are best executed under supervision of counsel.

Whether one is an agent presenting a power of attorney, or the recipient of a power of attorney being presented for use, it is important to be aware that it is unlawful to dishonor or reject a properly executed power of attorney without reasonable cause, and that there is a 10 day deadline for action after presentation of a statutory short form power of attorney.  The statute sets forth various reasons for reasonable rejection of a power of attorney, including but not limited to missing signature, invalid notarization, unacceptable identification, and knowledge or belief of the principal’s death or, in the case of a nondurable power of attorney, incapacitation.  The statute also sets forth specific reasons for rejection which are deemed unreasonable basis for dishonoring a valid power of attorney, including that the power of attorney is not on a form prescribed by that third party to whom it is presented.  Care must be taken as unreasonable or wrongful rejection of a valid power of attorney may result in the imposition of monetary damages, including attorneys’ fees.

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* These forms are not intended for execution, but rather are merely informational.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. All information posted is general advice only, based upon the rules of NYS, and is not intended to be a substitute for personal legal advice. Although information provided here was accurate as of the date of posting, laws change frequently and rules in other jurisdictions may differ. Therefore, readers should not rely upon these postings but should consult an attorney to discuss their specific factual situation.

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