Power of Attorney, Revoking
A principal may revoke, or cancel, a power of attorney at any time and for any reason. This may be done by informing the agent that the document is being revoked and destroying all original and any copies of the document.  The principal must also inform any other person or entity who could reasonably rely on the power of attorney, such as a bank that has become accustomed to allowing the agent sign for the principal's accounts.

If the power of attorney has been recorded with any government office, a notice of revocation should also be filed with that office.


A power of attorney is also automatically revoked upon the principal's death. This is also true with a durable power of attorney.

Note that creating a new power of attorney does not revoke any earlier power of attorney without a statement of intent to revoke. A principal may have multiple, separate Powers of Attorney for separate agents, granting each agent with the same or different powers.

See: Powers, Scope; Powers, Duration of Effect; Power of Attorney, Delivery

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