Getting a Power of Attorney for a Deceased Parent?

Although it is not possible to secure a power of attorney after a person has died, there are other ways to take care of left over business. This is a page about getting a power of attorney for a deceased parent.


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August 30, 2013

My dad passed away in 2010. My mother just passed away in July of this year. We had her propane company come and get her tank. They owed her 178.00 dollars and sent a check in my dad's name. I called them and asked them to put it in my name since I am the executor of her estate and sole heir. They said they couldn't do that, and that if I had power of attorney I should be able to cash the check. Well they are both deceased. Can I make myself POA? Or does that make me POA?

By Shannon


August 31, 20131 found this helpful
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First of all, shame on that company.
1. If there's a legal aid office in your town, make an appt. take all your paperwork and see if they can clear this up with a phone call.


2. No legal aid office? Make an appt. with your local social security office and take all the paperwork, including death certificates with you. Again, ask them to make a phone call on your behalf.

3. When my son became critically ill I ended up having to contact my local state representative's office for help. He was surprisingly helpful and put one of his aids right on it.

4. Don't hesitate to ask any of the above sources to make a phone call to this business. They are just too darn lazy and heartless to issue a new check. Maybe if one of the above sources give them a little grief they will do what they should done from the very beginning. Good Luck.

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August 14, 2019

My mom hss passed and I'm trying to get a power of attorney. How do I do that?


August 14, 20190 found this helpful

You have my deepest condolences on the loss of your mom. May her memory always be a blessing.


Power of attorney (at least in my state) is something granted only when the person is alive to take care of the person's bills and decisions as outlined by the legal POA agreement.

When someone passes, they should have a will with a designated executor. If your mom did not have a will, ask the funeral director for the steps you need to take in your state to have the will probated or whatever is done where you are when a person dies without a will.

If your mom designated you as the executor in the will, then you will need to work with the lawyer who drew up the will to execute it as she set forth. If the lawyer is deceased or no longer in practice, you will need to locate a lawyer you trust that can manage this process. It can take up to a year to execute a will, longer if the person had a complicated existence (meaning, for example, owned a business or had extensive investments, numerous bank accounts, or even excessive debt).


If you need legal aide (and are in the US) talk to your local state representative and ask them to help you find a reputable legal aide service.

Post back with an update.

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August 14, 20190 found this helpful

Power of Attorney is only a legal document while a person is still living so you will not be able to acquire one in this case.
If your mother died without a will (intestate) you will have to make arrangements through the court to become the court-appointed representative so you can legally take care of her property/money/assets.
This is assuming there is no husband still living and you are an only child. If this is not the case, then it will become much more complicated.

You will need an attorney to assist you with filing through the court and if you cannot afford to pay for an attorney, you can seek help through your local family services office or through the legal aid society (there is sometimes a fee to use the legal aid society attorney).

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August 22, 20190 found this helpful

Normally power of attorney applies when your mom was alive and signed these papers that gave you power of attorney to take care of her and her affairs when she was alive. You now need to find her will if she had one and see what it says. If there was not a will make when she was alive you will need to go before a judge and ask them to grant you power to handle all of her affairs now that she is dead.

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August 22, 20190 found this helpful

Power of attorney is given to a trusted individual while the person is still alive.

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February 19, 2019

Do I need a power of attorney for my dad so I can access his accounts to pay for his funeral?


February 19, 20190 found this helpful

The easiest way would have been for your father to add you to the account when he was still alive. If not, the executor of of the estate will have access to the accounts. Hopefully that person is you.

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February 19, 20190 found this helpful

You have my condolences on your loss.
In my state, PA, power of attorney ends when the person passes and a named executor takes over. The will or other paperwork your father prepared should deliniate the executor.


If there is no will, then you will need to have a lawyer to help probate the will. That can be a challenge so do not go that process alone.

Are you the executor? If so work with your lawyer or your father's lawyer to get the death certificates and paperwork needed to pay the funeral and other bills and handle all of the estate closing.

If you are not the executor and there was one named, you will need to contact that person to wrap up things like the funeral. Be sure your dad did not prepay for his arrangements so you don't pay twice. That was a scam I heard about a few years ago. Where people prepaid their funeral, but the funeral home cheated families.

So sorry for your lost. Post back with how things go.

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February 21, 20190 found this helpful

You cannot obtain a POA for a deceased person.
Even if you had had a POA from your Dad before he died you could not use it as a POA ends at the death of that person - in other words - a POA (of any kind) cannot be used after the death of that person.


If your Dad had a will then whoever was named as executor will have complete control of what is paid or not paid from his accounts. Did your Dad have an attorney? If so, that is the one you should talk to.

Did your Dad have any type of life insurance?
If so, the beneficiary will have almost immediate access to any insurance proceeds and this is usually how the funeral homes get their money. They can send a death certificate to the insurance company and the check will come to the funeral home (in the beneficiary's name only) so it can be cashed and payment made to the funeral home.

The funeral home may be of help so discuss this matter with them as they know how to get their money.

If there is no will and no insurance money then most likely no one will be able to remove any money from your Dad's accounts. This will become very complicated and you will need an attorney to help you and it will involve any/all members of your Dad's immediate family (if his wife is alive or you have brothers or sisters or even stepbrothers/sisters).

If you do not have funds to hire an attorney then you should contact your local family services as they can help you obtain free or low cost legal assistance. You should do this as soon as possible so you will also know that you are not being "overcharged" by the funeral home.
You can find your family services on Google by using your zip code or find it in your local telephone book under county/city services.

You can find information on some of these links:

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