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Power of Attorney (Financial and Property Management)

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A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal agreement that grants an agent the authority to act in the place of a principal in matters of finances and property (American Law Institute 2006). Under a POA instrument, a principal authorizes an agent to perform a particular set of duties for the principal’s benefit. A POA agent (historically referred to as an “attorney-in-fact”) must act according to the terms and specifications set forth in the POA record (Garner 2019a).

A POA should be distinguished from a “Healthcare Power of Attorney,” which is typically a separate and distinct legal instrument that grants an agent the specific authority to make decisions about the principal’s healthcare and medical treatment (Nicolaidis et al. 2016).

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A POA can be a useful special needs planning tool for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their caregivers (Sharpe and Baker 2007). Establishing a POA can be beneficial in a variety of contexts,...

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Kelly, A.M., Marsack-Topolewski, C.N. (2020). Power of Attorney (Financial and Property Management). In: Volkmar, F. (eds) Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer, New York, NY.

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