(a) Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to personal and family maintenance authorizes the agent to:
(1) Perform the acts necessary to maintain the customary standard of living of the principal, the principal's spouse and the following individuals, whether living when the power of attorney is executed or later born:
(A) The principal's children;
(B) Other individuals legally entitled to be supported by the principal; and
(C) The individuals whom the principal has customarily supported or indicated the intent to support;
(2) Make periodic payments of child support and other family maintenance required by a court or governmental agency or an agreement to which the principal is a party;
(3) Provide living quarters for the individuals described in subsection (1) of this section by:
(A) Purchase, lease or other contract; or
(B) Paying the operating costs, including interest, amortization payments, repairs, improvements and taxes, for premises owned by the principal or occupied by those individuals;
(4) Provide normal domestic help, usual vacations and travel expenses, and funds for shelter, clothing, food, appropriate education, including postsecondary and vocational education and other current living costs for the individuals described in subsection (1) of this section;
(5) Pay expenses for necessary health care and custodial care on behalf of the individuals described in subdivision (1) of this section;
(6) Act as the principal's personal representative pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, §1171 through §1179 of the Social Security Act, §42 U. S. C. 1320d, and applicable regulations, in making decisions related to the past, present or future payment for the provision of health care consented to by the principal or anyone authorized under the law of this state to consent to health care on behalf of the principal;
(7) Continue any provision made by the principal for automobiles or other means of transportation, including registering, licensing, insuring and replacing them, for the individuals described in subsection (1) of this section;
(8) Maintain credit and debit accounts for the convenience of the individuals described in subsection (1) of this section and open new accounts; and
(9) Continue payments incidental to the membership or affiliation of the principal in a religious institution, club, society, order or other organization or to continue contributions to those organizations.
(b) Authority with respect to personal and family maintenance
is neither dependent upon, nor limited by, authority that an agent
may or may not have with respect to gifts under this article.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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