Q: Can I use a POA to handle an insurance claim?
I’m a roofing contractor in Georgia that specializes in storm damage to an insureds property. Can I use a power of attorney to represent the insured during the claim process to include negotiating policy provisions?
A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. As a general observation of such an arrangement, some might see the potential for a conflict. For instance, you if are negotiating for the approval of a certain construction task or repair task, could someone reviewing the file later say that it would be difficult to protect the interests of the homeowner while protecting your own interests as a contractor - for instance, the selection of materials, building technique, costs, profits, etc? It could be worthwhile to consider consulting with an attorney or claims expert to discuss possible pitfalls in doing something like this. Good luck
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