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Does a Spelling Error Make a Power of Attorney Invalid?

  • April 6th, 2017
My wife is attorney-in-fact under a durable power of attorney for her dad, but her name is spelled Ann and it should be spelled Anne. Does this make it invalid?

No, it shouldn't. That’s what’s sometimes called a "scrivener’s error." The person preparing the document made a minor mistake, but that does not change your father-in-law's intent to name your wife as his agent under the durable power of attorney. It’s not as if he has another daughter named Ann. That's the legal answer. As a practical matter, if your father-in-law is still competent it might make sense to update and correct the durable power of attorney. You never know what some officious bank manager might object to.

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