Many couples have durable powers of attorney drafted during their marriage and name their spouse as their attorney-in-fact. Unfortunately, relationships often end. And, so, the question arises: is your spouse still your attorney-in-fact after the relationship ends? The answer is, it depends.
RCW 11.125.100(2)(c) states that once a spouse files for divorce, annulment, or for legal separation, an appointment of that parties’ spouse in durable power of attorney is revoked, unless the power of attorney specifically provides otherwise.
With this in mind, it is recommended you review your power of attorney to see whether it contains a provision that allows a spouse to retain their appointment after filing of a divorce, annulment, or separation lawsuit.
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