Cincinnati, OH asked in Contracts, Criminal Law and Estate Planning for Ohio

Q: What does being power of attorney for an inmate entail?

My close friend is currently in jail and would like to give me power of attorney. Currently, his family has his money, bank account information, social security card, as well as other important legal documents. He does not trust his family to have his best interest due to them being the ones that made the call that got him arrested. Since his arrest, they have not cooperated with giving important documents to his lawyer and have avoided his calls. My friend would like to give me power of attorney so that I can have control. What does being given power of attorney entail? As a power of attorney, would I also consult with my friend’s lawyer about his case. Currently, his lawyer has been consulting my friend’s mother who does not have his best interest.

1 Lawyer Answer
Jeffrey J Ferguson
Jeffrey J Ferguson
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Xenia, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: As power of attorney you would be able to look out for the inmates financial interest and do the same as he would. There are laws against using his assets for self interest and that should be avoided.

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