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When does a power of attorney become effective?

In Florida, as October of 2011, all power attorneys that are signed are affected immediately upon singing. In the past we had what are called, springing or conditional power of attorneys and if they are signed prior to October of 2011 they are still effective by law. However, typically they require the opinion of two physicians to say that this person cannot handle their affairs any longer. That was what the difficultly with a springing power of attorney, so the legislation stepped in and changed it. Now, when you sign a power of attorney, it’s effective immediately upon signing and you’re agent can act for you without any further documentation.