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Baton Rouge, LA asked in Estate Planning for Louisiana

Q: If I've appointed a power of attorney, will she still need succession on my property after my death?

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2 Lawyer Answers
Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Crossville, TN

A: A power of attorney grants the agent/attorney in fact authority to make decisions and take actions on your behalf, as spelled out in the POA, while you are alive. It expires at death. If you want to designate who receives property when you die, then you need a will or a trust or, in some states, a transfer on death deed (sometimes called beneficiary deed).

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: I agree with the post of attorney Whitehurst-----since this estate has real property, I would highly recommend that you at least consult with a successions/probate attorney and discuss the specifics of your situation and then decide what needs to be done.

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