Q: How can I be granted Power of Attorney by my mother who lives in a different state? I live in Maine and she is in NYC.
Can a Maine lawyer get the proper POA paperwork or do I have to go to NYC to take care of this?
A: Generally, yes, a Maine lawyer can create a valid power of attorney for your use with respect to transactions that will occur in Maine. For transactions that will occur in NY, a separate power of attorney should be prepared by a NY attorney, which will be valid in NY. You should also keep in mind that, even if the power of attorney complies with state law, a financial institution may not accept it and may have specific forms that it requires.
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