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Morristown Estate Litigation Blog

New Jersey elder law: Revoking a power of attorney

Picking a person who is responsible for making important decisions for you can be difficult to do. You always hope that the individual chosen will make those decisions with your best interests in mind. Unfortunately, this does not always happen,  and it can leave you and your loved ones in a tough spot. Thankfully, once granted, powers of attorney may be revoked or changed with the assistance of a New Jersey elder law attorney.

It is sad that a person assigned powers of attorney would misuse the power granted, but it happens more than anyone would like to think. Legally, the agent is bound to act in the best interests of the principal. If this is not happening, the principal or any other parties who are concerned may report any suspected abuse, seek legal counsel in order to terminate the agent's authority and name someone else in a new power of attorney document.

Common causes for estate litigation

Estate planning is something all people need to consider, and they should consider it sooner than they think. There are various aspects of estate planning, including wills, letters of intent, guardianship designations and more. 

Although someone may have all these documents, it does not mean everything is in the clear. Problems can come up before or after a person's death that leads to estate litigation. By being aware of common causes, people can take action now instead of later to reduce the likelihood of needing to take a person's estate to court. 

When should you update your will?

Do you have a will? Have you updated it recently? Quick: think about the last time you looked over this important document and made any changes to it. Has it been years? Possibly decades?

Whatever the answer, you shouldn't be embarrassed. Even if it has been a long time since your last update, simply being aware of the need to update your will and then acting on that realization is all that matters. In this post, we want to talk about a few reasons why you should update your will, and to offer some advice for your will updates.