New York State Adopts Amendments to Power of Attorney Law


In 2009, New York State adopted amendments to the New York Power of Attorney Law imposing more demanding power of attorney disclosure and execution requirements aimed at reducing the risks of abuse and fraud in elderly care and the financial planning process. The 2009 law required the use of longer, more comprehensive forms, as well as notarization of the signatures on the power of attorney. The 2009 law provided no exceptions for commercial transactions. Because agency relationships are regularly established in the proxy process, real estate transactions, brokerage arrangements and various commercial agreements, the lack of commercial transaction exception in the 2009 law gave rise to much uncertainty among transactional lawyers. On August 13, New York enacted corrective amendments revising the ambiguities and correcting the unintended consequences of the 2009 law.

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