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2016 Changes to Power of Attorney Act
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POWER OF ATTORNEY

Public Act 15-240, “An Act Concerning ADOPTION OF THE CONNECTICUT UNIFORM POWER OF ATTORNEY ACT,” was signed by the governor on July 7, 2015 in the General Assembly to be effective July 1, 2016. However, during the 2016 session, PA16-40,An Act Concerning REVISIONS TO THE CONNECTICUT UNIFORM POWER OF ATTORNEY ACT,” was passed, adopting PA15-240, and moving the enactment date to October 1, 2016.

Public Act 15-240, which was passed in the 2015 session, may be found here.

Public Act 16-40, which was passed to update and revise the original bill, may be found here.

Changes to the Connecticut Uniform Power of Attorney (POA) Act are designed to make powers of attorney easier to use. One important provision, requires banks and other financial institutions to honor a POA document, and grants new authority to the Probate Courts to compel these institutions to accept POAs. The act also better protects vulnerable individuals from POA abuses and financial exploitation by providing remedies through the Probate Courts. The new law applies retroactively, meaning its safeguards extend to existing valid POA documents. The new law also gives the Probate Courts additional authority to resolve problems that may develop in the course of following a POA document. 

Connecticut’s previous law governing POAs was enacted 51 years ago. With the new law, Connecticut joins 17 other states that have adopted the updated POA law. 

2016 Forms:

Statutory Power of Attorney Long form

Statutory Power of Attorney Short form