The Legislature has passed a law amending several parts of the Florida Power of Attorney Act, and while it isn't quite law yet -- Gov. Rick Scott has yet to sign it -- we thought we would explain what the bill is about. There can be no knowledge without context, though, so we started in our last post with a general discussion of powers of attorney.
As we said, a power of attorney gives the agent a great deal of authority over the grantor's affairs. The law provides certain safeguards -- such as, the document must be witnessed by two uninvolved individuals and notarized to be valid -- but with changing technology and advances in criminal thinking, legislators occasionally revisit the law to bring it up to date.