Does the outdated address of the person giving the POA affect its legality?

Mary k. asked...

I hold the POA for my father. He is in a board and care home. Recently I moved and my father moved to a different board and care home. The old addresses are in the POA for both of us. Does the POA need to be updated for every move? Does an address even need to be listed in the POA?


Expert Answer

You want to know if a change of address by a person giving a power of attorney, (called the "Principal," in this case your father, affects the POA's legality. No, it does not.

I know of no law the requires that an address be listed on a power of attorney. And I see no reason, in law or logic, why a Principal's change of address should have any affect on a POA.