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Bar Bulletin

Uniform Power of Attorney Act Turns One-Year-Old in January

January 2018 Bar Bulletin


By McKean J. Evans

Effective January 1, 2017, the Washington Legislature passed a comprehensive revision of Washington’s rules governing powers of attorney — RCW § 11.125.010, et seq. King County attorneys in many practice areas are likely to draft or interpret powers of attorney, i.e., documents by which a principal grants an agent authority to act in the principal’s place, at some point in their practice.

The Act’s anniversary is a reminder that practitioners should carefully review the Act’s detailed provisions, many of which apply broad default rules governing the power of attorney’s effectiveness and the agent’s authority. This article summarizes some of the...

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