Power of Attorney in Kansas
What Is A Power Of Attorney?
A power of attorney gives one or more persons the power to act on your behalf. It can be limited to a certain task, such as closing the sale of your home, or be general. You can give the person either brief or permanent power to act.
What Is An Agent?
The person named in a power of attorney to act for you is commonly referred to as your "agent". With a valid power of attorney, your agent can take any action allowed in the document. Often your agent must present the actual document to invoke the power.
What Are The Types of Power Of Attorney?
Kansas allows both durable and nondurable powers of attorney.
- A nondurable power of attorney ends when the principal becomes disabled.
- A durable power of attorney, in contrast, does not. For example, if you give someone a nondurable power of attorney to access your bank account and then you become disabled, that agent will no longer be able to access your account. However, if you gave them a durable power of attorney, they could continue to access your account. Many people use durable powers of attorney for healthcare decisions they would like made if they were to become disabled. For this reason, it is important to discuss what you would like to have done, should you become disabled, with anyone to whom you give a durable power of attorney.
When Does It End?
A power of attorney ends as specified in the document, but it can be changed or revoked before it is set to end. In Kansas, the principal can revoke the power of attorney by telling the agent, either orally or in writing, that he is ending it. The principal may also tell others that the power of attorney is ending so that they know the agent’s powers are cut off.