Q: Can I be a professional POA
I live in an area that is majority elderly. Elder abuse has become a huge problem and I know several people that have a hard time managing their money. I would like to offer POA services for things like managing bank accounts, paying bills, etc. Am I able to do that without being a lawyer? Am I able to charge a nominal fee? I am having a hard time finding any laws on BEING a POA
A: A person who has been given a power of attorney by another person is called an "attorney in fact". You don't have to be licensed to practice law, to be an attorney in fact, but be sure you don't engage in the practice of law or perform public accounting, because you have to be licensed to do that. See Florida Statutes Chapters 454 and 473.
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