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WVC 39 B- 1 - 120 §39B-1-120. Liability for refusal to accept acknowledged statutory form power of attorney.

     (a) In this section, "statutory form power of attorney" means a power of attorney substantially in the form provided in this act or that meets the requirements for a military power of attorney pursuant to 10 U. S. C. §1044b.

     (b) Except as otherwise provided in this section:

     (1) A person shall either accept an acknowledged statutory form power of attorney or request a certification, a translation or an opinion of counsel under section one hundred nineteen subsection (d) of this article no later than seven business days after presentation of the power of attorney for acceptance;

     (2) If a person requests a certification, a translation, or an opinion of counsel under section one hundred nineteen subsection (d) of this article, the person shall accept the statutory form power of attorney no later than five business days after receipt of the certification, translation or opinion of counsel; and

     (3) A person may not require an additional or different form of power of attorney for authority granted in the statutory form power of attorney presented.

     (c) A person is not required to accept an acknowledged statutory form power of attorney if:

     (1) The person is not otherwise required to engage in a transaction with the principal in the same circumstances;

     (2) Engaging in a transaction with the agent or the principal in the same circumstances would be inconsistent with federal law;

     (3) The person has actual knowledge of the termination of the agent's authority or of the power of attorney before exercise of the power;

     (4) A request for a certification, a translation, or an opinion of counsel under section one hundred nineteen subsection (d) of this article is not timely provided;

     (5) The person in good faith believes that the power is not valid or that the agent does not have the authority to perform the act requested, whether or not a certification, a translation or an opinion of counsel under section one hundred nineteen subsection (d) of this article has been requested or provided; or

     (6) The person makes, or has actual knowledge that another person has made, a report to the local adult protective services agency stating a good faith belief that the principal may be subject to physical or financial abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment by the agent or a person acting for or with the agent.

     (d) A person who refuses in violation of this section to accept an acknowledged statutory form power of attorney is subject to a court order mandating acceptance of the power of attorney. The court may at its discretion award to the principal or the principal's agent reasonable attorney's fees and costs incurred in any action or proceeding that confirms the validity of the power of attorney or mandates acceptance of the power of attorney. Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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