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your agent abuses the power of attorney

What if Your Agent Abuses the Power of Attorney?

Under Illinois law, an individual holding a power of attorney is a fiduciary as a matter of law. The person designated as a power of attorney agent owes a fiduciary duty to the principal—the person making the designation. If your agent abuses the power of attorney, he or she may be subject to civil or even criminal penalties.

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Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples

The number of unmarried couples who live together reached 18 million in 2016, a 29% jump from 14 million in 2007. Among adults age 50 and older, the increase was 75%: About four million were cohabiting in 2016, up from 2.3 million in 2007.

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