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Liability of Person Holding Power of Attorney

Question: Is the person responsible for a nursing home resident bill after they give up the Power of Attorney? My dad is a nursing home resident. My sister was the Power of Attorney. She failed to pay the December 2012 bill. She then gave up the Power of Attorney. I then obtained a Power of Attorney. The nursing home is billing me now. Isn’t she still responsible for the December bill?

Answer: The only person responsible is your father. A power of attorney or other agent is not responsible for the principal’s debts unless they sign a writing accepted liability individually, not as agent.