Florida's new Power of Attorney Act.

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Last week Florida enacted a new "Power of Attorney Act" in order to protect its elderly population from exploitation. This new act states a power of attorney must be signed by the principal and two subscribing witnesses and be acknowledged by the principal before a notary public.

Floridians are being warned that if they don't comply with the new laws there power of attorney will be invalid. Power of attorney's that were entered prior to 10-1-11 will still be valid if they followed the current laws that were in place at that time. Individuals should update there current power of attorney in order to be up to date with the new regulations to avoid any potential problems in the future.

Lisa Scanlon, CSA

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