Termination of Power of Attorney
Dear Senior Legal Line:
I am my mother's agent under her financial power of attorney. She recently died after a valiant battle with cancer. I went to her bank to get money out of her account to pay for her funeral, and the bank would not allow me to do so. They said that the power of attorney is automatically void upon my mother's death.
How can I get the money out of my mother's bank account to pay the funeral bill? I certainly do not have the money to pay out of my pocket, and all the rest of the family has either already passed away or cannot afford to pay for it either. I want to honor my mother's wishes and have her buried the way she wished.