What to do if I have a power of attorney that I need to revoke?

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What to do if I have a power of attorney that I need to revoke?

I do not wish to appoint anyone else at this time. What docuemnts do I need to revoke the agent? Notice of revokation or is there a template or format for just revoking. Also, other than providing this to fincial institutions and such, does this need to be on file with the county and which office, if so?

Asked on November 7, 2012 under Estate Planning, South Carolina

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Your power of attorney is personal so it does not have to be filed with anyone unless you included it in your testamentary document package prepared by your attorney or something to that effect. Look at the provision of your current power of attorney and it should spell out to you how to revoke this -- it is unilateral so the person you appointed has no say to stop it unless you have been deemed incompetent or a ward of the state. There should be sample revocations available to you but you should file that revocation with every business/financial institution/doctor's office with whom you had previously filed the initial power of attorney.


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