Can I Still Use a Power of Attorney After The Death of My Spouse or Family Member?

No, when a person dies, the power of attorney immediately termi­nates. The attorney-in-fact named in the power of attorney document has no legal authority to trans­act business on behalf of the decedent. After someone passes away, the authority to act on behalf of the decedent shifts to the court appointed executor or administrator of the estate or the successor trustee of a trust.