Deciding who should be your agent for your power of attorney is usually an easy one. Most people will usually select their spouse, an adult child, a close friend, or family member.
The more difficult question, however, is who does a person want to serve as the successor agent in the event that the first is unwilling or unable to serve?
It is strongly advised that you name a successor agent in the event that the agent is unwilling or unable to serve. Your agent may die, become incapacitated, or simply not wish to serve for any reason. If your agent is unwilling or unable to serve, an interdiction proceeding will have to be filed to appoint you a guardian to administer your person and property if you failed to name a successor agent.
Therefore, always name a backup successor agent in your power of attorney. Never assume that an agent will be willing or able to serve as your agent when and if you lose capacity. If you have any questions concerning powers of attorney, consult an experienced estate planning attorney.
We at Losavio & DeJean, LLC, The Louisiana Elder Law Firm can help. Get in touch with us today by calling (800) 835-5864 or by contacting us online.