Changes in the Power of Attorney in Kentucky Explained

Create a Power of Attorney Changes in the Power of Attorney in Kentucky Explained

All You Need To Know About a Power of Attorney in Kentucky

A power of attorney (POA) is one of the most powerful legal documents. It comes with great responsibility for all signing parties, which is why you should be extra careful when making it.

This article presents all the necessary information about a power of attorney in Kentucky and the improvements that the new statute brought!

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How Does a KY Power of Attorney Work?

A power of attorney allows the principal to authorize the agent (attorney-in-fact) to take care of their personal or financial matters, either out of necessity or convenience.

Powers of attorney are regulated by state laws, which means a POA document can significantly differ from one state to another. Many states are now adopting the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOA) created by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). The State of Kentucky joined them in 2018.

In Kentucky, a power of attorney is durable by default unless you state otherwise in the document. Depending on what you need, you can opt for another type of POA, including:

Which Powers Can You Transfer With a KY POA?

The principal chooses which powers they’ll grant to their agent. There are general grants of authority—which you can find on a POA form and select—and express grants of authority that you have to state separately. According to the Kentucky POA statute, some of the acts that require an express grant of authority include:

  • Making a gift
  • Exercising fiduciary powers
  • Altering rights of survivorship
  • Altering beneficiary designation
  • Creating, amending, revoking, or terminating a trust
  • Delegating authority granted under the power of attorney
  • Exercising authority over electronic communications sent or received by the principal
  • Waiving the principal’s right to be a beneficiary of a joint and survivor annuity, including a survivor benefit under a retirement plan

What Should a Kentucky Power of Attorney Include?

To be valid in Kentucky, your power of attorney letter has to include the following information:

  1. Contact information of the principal and agent(s)
  2. Date when the power of attorney was made
  3. Powers that the principal is granting to the agent(s)
  4. Termination date
  5. Signatures of all parties

What Changes Did Kentucky Power of Attorney Statute Make?

The new Kentucky Power of Attorney Statute became effective in July 2018. In the table below, you can see all the changes it made:

Addressed Issues Explanation
Execution A power of attorney must be signed in front of a notary public and two disinterested witnesses
Durability Every power of attorney is durable unless it’s stated otherwise in the document
Co-agency The principal can appoint two or more individuals to act as co-agents, and they can do it independently (unless your POA specifies otherwise)
Agent compensation The attorney-in-fact is granted reasonable compensation by default
Fiduciary duties An agent has to act in good faith within the given scope of authority and by the principal’s expectations and best interests.

Depending on the situation, the principal can waive some responsibilities—such as duty of loyalty—which may not be appropriate when an agent is a close friend or a family member

Third-party acceptance Third parties—banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions—must accept every POA acknowledged by a notary

Revision of the Kentucky Power of Attorney Act

The revision of Kentucky’s Uniform Power of Attorney Act took effect in July 2020. It adopted some additional portions of the UPOA and made major changes regarding the following issues:

  • Witnesses—Even though it was a requirement two years prior, witnesses are no longer needed for the signing of a POA. Now, only a notary has to be present during the principal’s signing of the document
  • Gifting—If you want your agent to make gifts on your behalf, you have to specify it in your power of attorney. Here’s what you should keep in mind:
    • Gifts will be limited to the annual gift tax exclusion unless you specify the amount
    • The agent should consider your gift-making history and other factors when making gifts
    • You can specify the people to whom you’d want your agent to make gifts
  • Express general powers—The revised act defined which powers are general and which require the principal to state them in the POA

When Is a Power of Attorney in Kentucky Terminated?

According to the Kentucky UPOA, a power of attorney terminates when:

  • The principal:
    • Dies
    • Becomes incapacitated (if the POA isn’t durable)
    • Revokes the power of attorney
    • Revokes the agent’s authority
  • The agent:
    • Dies
    • Becomes incapacitated
    • Resigns
  • The purpose of the POA is accomplished
  • The POA document states when it terminates

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