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Does a New York Power of Attorney Terminate When a Person Dies?

A New York Power of Attorney terminates when the person who executed it dies. Using a Power of Attorney after someone’s death is illegal and can be treated as fraud in a civil case. If you are concerned that someone abused a power of attorney during the lifetime of a person in whose estate you are a beneficiary, you may be able to get an accounting. You have up to six years from when the power of attorney resigned or the principal died to ask for such accounting.

If you need an attorney in connection with improper use of Power of Attorney, call the Law Offices of Albert Goodwin at 718-509-9774.