Through a power of attorney you can grant an agent remarkable authority to act on your behalf. Regardless of the type of powers you grant, your ability to revoke the power of attorney depends on several key factors. In general, you, as a principal, always have the ability to revoke the power of attorney as long as you are able.
Choosing to remove an agent.
There are many reasons why you might want to remove your agent, also known as your attorney-in-fact, or limit his or her powers. If you are mentally capable you can do this at any time simply by notifying the agent of the termination. Your agent is only allowed to act on your behalf as long as he or she believes the power of attorney is effective.
Choosing an automatic removal.
It’s also possible to terminate an agent’s powers by stating when those powers end in the power of attorney document. For example, you might give someone the authority to care for your children and make parenting decisions on your behalf while you’re on vacation. The power of attorney document might state that the agent’s authority to make these decisions ends as soon as you return.
Involuntarily removing an agent.
Your agent’s authority to act will also automatically end if you die or if you should become incapacitated. However, if you create durable powers of attorney, the agent can continue to act for you after your incapacitation.