Answer: If the power of attorney (POA) is valid in the state in which it was written, it should be valid in any state even if you are the secondary agent. You may have to prove that the primary has died through a death certificate. Assuming the POA grants you the right to make decisions regarding your mother’s assets such as the power to write checks, to pay bills and deposit checks payable to your mother, living in another state should have no impact on a transfer of authority. One note of caution: The bank may view and make a copy of the original POA, but under no circumstances should they keep the original document. You will need the original document in the event your mother has assets with more than one financial institution.
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