As we have discussed in previous posts on this blog, you have numerous options when it comes to designating a power of attorney. Like many other Californians, you may want a power of attorney to protect your financial, physical and medical rights if you are incapacitated. However, what if you later change your mind? Can you revoke your power of attorney?
Provided you are still able to make your own informed decisions, you should be able to nullify your power of attorney, as FindLaw explains. For example, imagine what could happen if you are several months into a cognitive disorder, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and you insist that your power of attorney be dissolved. If your wishes were followed, you might be vulnerable to financial abuse by scammers or people who are pretending to act in your best interests.
However, if you are still mentally competent, you may have valid reasons for revoking a power of attorney. You may have recovered from temporary incapacitation, or you might have proof the principal of your power of attorney is abusing his or her power. The person you designated as your principal might have moved out of state, or you may have remarried and wish to designate your new spouse for your power of attorney instead. Rather than assuming your power of attorney dissolves on its own, you will need to take the proper steps to revoke the document. Because this can be a complex process, this information should not substitute for legal advice.