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Financial powers of attorney may be the most (if not one of the most) important documents that almost everyone should have as illustrated by the following sad (but true) story: Husband dies (with a Will) and leaves everything (although the estate is not large) to wife....

Many are surprised that financial powers of attorney do not have to be recognized by others including banks and other financial institutions. If the principal (the one who signs the power of attorney) becomes incompetent and the one who is presented with and asked to...