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Many married couples created powers of attorney (POAs) during their marriages which they would not want the other person to use in the event of separation or divorce. There is a new law that goes into effect in Virginia July 1, 2012 which provides that unless the power of attorney states otherwise, a power of attorney naming the spouse as the agent is automatically revoked by operation of law if either person in the couple files for custody or visitation or for separate maintenance.

This article was written by Phoebe P. Hall.
Managing Partner/Attorney, Hall & Hall, PLC, 1401 Huguenot Road, Suite 100, Midlothian, VA 23113, and 4323 Cox Road, Suite 100, Glen Allen, VA 23060, Tel: (804) 897-1515, Fax (804) 897-2499

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