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Power of Attorney for Personal Care

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Can I cancel my Power of Attorney after I have signed it?

Yes. As long as you are mentally capable of making a Power of Attorney for Personal Care, you can take it back (cancel or revoke it). To do so, state in writing that you revoke it. Two people must witness you signing this statement. Both people must be with you when you sign. The same people who are not allowed to be witnesses for a Power of Attorney are also not allowed to be witnesses for this statement. There is no special form for this statement, which is referred to as a "revocation".

It is a good idea to give a copy of the revocation to anyone who has seen or has a copy of the Power of Attorney. If you can, get the original Power of Attorney back and destroy it.

Note: If you make a new Power of Attorney for Personal Care, all other existing Powers of Attorney for Personal Care that you have made before are automatically cancelled, unless the new one says otherwise. If you do not want this to happen, talk to a lawyer about the wording of the new document.