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As power of attorney can I take care of estate matters?

I'm trying to find out, if I have power of attorney over my mom now, if she dies will I still be able to take care of burial, paying off her bills, closing her checking account which has my name on it with hers.
Status: Open    Jun 27, 2016 - 07:04 AM

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Jun 27, 2016 - 07:45 AM

The power of attorney dies when the principal dies. You can do most of those things before she dies. If you are on the checking account as a joint owner you can continue to use the account. If you are only able to write checks with your power of attorney you would not be able to write any after her death. You could transfer money to a new account which you could use after her death.
Godspeed to you and your mother.
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By linda.kittler on Jul 03, 2016 - 02:51 AM | Like (0)  |  Report

I was unable to add my name to my mother's checking account before she passed. I had POA and am her sole executor. I tried to administer her estate (in Lebanon County, PA) but the woman in charge at the Register of Wills told me "there's not enough in her estate." Clearly this is not true. I've recently learned that this woman has been fired and prosecuted. What do I do now? The amount in question is over $7,000. Please advise!

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