Skip to Content

We are a Veteran Owned Business, providing 20% discounts for Veterans, First Responders, Elementary and High School teachers. We remain open during the shutdown period, so please contact us to set up a phone or Zoom meeting. Taking care of you and your family, It's What We Do!

Klenk Law

Serving as an Agent under a Power of Attorney (or Attorney in Fact) in Pennsylvania is a decision that comes with great power and responsibility. The Agent must act on the principal’s behalf and will be held to the highest standard of loyalty and duty under Pennsylvania law. For serving as Power of Attorney, Agents are almost always authorized to receive a fee in Pennsylvania. Exactly how much are agents entitled to? This is a question both principals and agents frequently ask.

In this relationship, the principal sets the terms. If the document has not been drafted, the principal can state the compensation (such as a specified hourly rate), provide a flexible term (such as “reasonable”), or specify that the Agent is to receive no compensation at all. If the power of attorney in question has not been drafted, the above and many more compensation terms are possible with the help of an experienced Pennsylvania estate planning attorney.

In Most Cases, The Principal Provides for Flexible Agent and Power of Attorney Fees

More often than not, people ask this question after the fact. If the power of attorney has been signed, the first place to look is the document. There is almost always a clause stating how the Agent is to be compensated. In most cases, the principal provides for flexible compensation, such as “reasonable.” This provides the flexibility in the case the Agent has to do extraordinary work, such as managing all the principal’s affairs while in a coma, all the way to simple actions, such as paying the mortgage while the principal is traveling abroad.

“Reasonable” is also the default compensation when no term has been specified, or when the court determines the document is ambiguous. In Pennsylvania, judge’s opinions set the standards for what courts declare “reasonable” or “unreasonable.” Just as our state features a diversity of communities and landscapes, judges’ opinions on these matters can vary wildly from county to county, especially under complex circumstances. We will provide examples of what reasonable Pennsylvania Power of Attorney fees look like as new opinions are published on our blog.

If you have questions about agent and power of attorney fees in Pennsylvania or any other estate planning concerns contact our office for a free consultation.

What Our clients are saying

Klenk Law Logo
Stars

Mr. Klenk has been easy to work with. I am confident he has given me good advice whenever I have called upon him. He has shown good work ethic and depth of knowledge in preparation of estate, wills, and trusts that I have worked with him on.

Klenk Law Logo
Stars

I saw four lawyers and was told by all of them; I should just forget contesting my mother's will. I knew what happened, but it is very hard to prove undue influence. I contacted the Law Offices of Peter L. Klenk & Associates. Attorney Amanda DiChello took my case. They were very honest and upfront about what would be involved trying to prove what I knew was true. Attorney DiChello may be young but she is extremely knowledgeable and skilled. She listened and understood what I conveyed to her. She knew exactly what information to use and crafted an outstanding interrogatory and many powerful depositions. Attorney DiChello understood the various emotional feelings this case created for my family and me; she was always there for us with a kind and encouraging word. We went to trial. The amount of work which she and her Paralegal did for the trial was incredible. They both knew my case inside and out! Attorney DiChello's powerful interrogative and thinking skills produced a positive outcome. Attorney DiChello did what other seasoned lawyers said was impossible!

Klenk Law Logo
Stars

Fantastic customer service. Very personable and most importantly they provide great explanations of what is required based on your individual needs. Highly recommend Klenk Law for anyone that needs to create a will and estate documents.

Klenk Law Logo
Stars

Integrity, exceeding the client's expectations. In-depth knowledge of the law

Klenk Law Logo
Stars

Peter has done our family's trust and estate work since our children were born. He is not only extremely knowledgeable and honest, but makes sure that our arrangements remain current with the changing legal landscape. I would give him my highest recommendation as a professional in his field.

Let us put our expertise to work for you.

Free consultation within 24 hours.