(a) A principal may designate two or more persons to act as coagents. Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, each coagent may exercise his or her authority independently and the consent of all coagents is not necessary for the validity of an act or transaction.
(b) A principal may designate one or more successor agents to act if an agent resigns, dies, becomes incapacitated, is not qualified to serve, or declines to serve. A principal may grant authority to designate one or more successor agents to an agent or other person designated by name, office or function. Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, a successor agent:
(1) Has the same authority as that granted to the original agent; and
(2) May not act until all predecessor agents have resigned, died, become incapacitated, are no longer qualified to serve, or have declined to serve.
(c) Except as otherwise provided in the power of attorney and this act, an agent who does not participate in or conceal a breach of fiduciary duty committed by another agent, including a predecessor agent, is not liable for the actions of the other agent.
(d) An agent who has actual knowledge of a breach or imminent
breach of fiduciary duty by another agent has a duty to notify the
principal and, if the principal is incapacitated, take any action
reasonably appropriate in the circumstances to safeguard the
principal's best interest. An agent who fails to notify the principal or take action as required by this article is liable for
the reasonably foreseeable damages that could have been avoided if
the agent had notified the principal or taken such action.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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