Originally Posted by Options
There is nothing "straightforward" in estate planning. Cut corners at your own risk. Many years ago I did exactly that and only this year while updating my estate plan (and doing it right this time by thoroughly reading/researching, obtaining counsel) did I learn had I passed away it would have resulted in a mess for my executor/heirs.
OK, but I'm not sure that what I'm talking about, in the context of the OP's POA question, fits a description of 'cutting corners'. Yes, the overall plan needs to be looked at, but the question was about the POA specifically.
I just looked at the POA my MIL had written by a high priced fancy-$chmancy estate law firm - it is a cut-paste of the IL form I linked. That's actually a good thing IMO, I'd rather have something that has been published and reviewed, rather than some hand-crafted work by some guy, who might just do something stupid like a typo?