Legal Question in Family Law in Georgia

Power of Attorney

My mother appointed me as the Personal Representative of her will. However, my older sister has been referred to as having Power of Attorney. What is the difference between the two?

Asked on 5/23/04, 11:03 am

2 Answers from Attorneys

Charles W. Field Charles W. Field, Attorney at Law

Re: Power of Attorney

The power of attorney is active only as long as your mother is alive. Once she passes away, the POA terminates. At that point, after being appointed by the probate court, you, as personal representative are in charge of executing the terms of the will.

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Answered on 5/25/04, 4:11 pm

Phillip A. Strickland Law Offices

Re: Power of Attorney

A Personal Representative would become operative only under the Will, i.e., only after your mother's death and the probate court has granted you Personal Representative authority. A Power of Attorney would be operative only during her life.

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Answered on 5/23/04, 3:23 pm

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