Grand Junction, CO asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Estate Planning and Family Law for Colorado

Q: Can a relative be given Power of Attorney, to help another relative in a different state.

This is because of a car-pedestrian accident. The injured party needs to hire a PI lawyer, and he isn't well versed in claims and because of the injury, a family member needs to be able to be the contact to assist the lawyer and make medical decisions. Is the dual state a problem?

1 Lawyer Answer
Robert D. Kreisman
Robert D. Kreisman
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL

A: The first issue is whether the injured party is of sound mind and memory and/or has the capacity to sign a POA. If the injured person hires an attorney, then that attorney would be empowered by the attorney-client contract in most instances to handle most of the issues you raise excepting the decisions on health care. I believe that a POA for health care signed in another state or jurisdiction would likely be honored in another state. By all means check with an attorney in your area who would be familiar with the state laws regarding POAs.

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