What is needed for my to become guardianship of my handicapped niece?
A power of attorney is a legal instrument that individuals create and sign that gives someone else the authority to make certain decisions and act for the signer. The person who has these powers is called an “agent” or “attorney-in-fact.” The signer is the “principal.” As a principal, if the principal’s decisions conflict with those of the agent, the principal’s decision will govern, assuming that the agent confers with the principal prior to taking an action. If an agent has acted on the principal’s behalf and acted within the scope of authority granted by the power of attorney, then the principal may be obligated by the terms and conditions of his actions. The power of attorney is not a substitute for a will. Upon the principal’s death, either the will or the state’s law of intestacy will govern the distribution of the estate. The person designated to be the agent assumes certain responsibilities. The agent is obligated to act in the principal’s best interest. The agent must always f