How long a Texas power of attorney lasts depends on several factors:

First, what does the actual power of attorney say?  If the document specifies a time period, then the agent’s power will automatically expire when that period is over.

Does the power of attorney indicate that it is “durable”?  A power of attorney is durable when it says that it will survive even if the granting party becomes incapacitated.  If a power of attorney is not durable, then it will automatically become ineffective when the granting party is declared incapacitated. If you have a power of attorney document that does not specify a time period and is durable, it can still become ineffective in at least three situations: 1) the granting party dies; 2) the granting party becomes a ward in a guardianship proceeding; or 3) the granting party revokes the power of attorney.

A power of attorney becomes ineffective upon death, automatically.  If you have been named someone’s power of attorney, and that person has passed away, then you need to look into probate or other alternatives to probate.  Even a durable power of attorney loses its’ power upon death.

The power of attorney, even if made durable, also becomes ineffective if the granting party loses his/her rights in a guardianship proceeding.  If the probate court decides the granting party should have a guardian, the power of attorney becomes powerless.

Lastly, the granting party may always revoke a power of attorney after it’s been signed.  The only caveat is that revocation must comply with the requirements of the power of attorney document.  That is, if the document says that revocation must be in writing, then a verbal revocation would be ineffective to revoke the document.


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