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Ill. AARP seeks safeguards on power of attorney

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois lawmakers are considering a measure meant to protect the elderly from being ripped off by people they've entrusted with their power of attorney.

The AARP says this kind of exploitation is a serious problem. Giving someone authority to make legal decisions can be a big help to senior citizens but the group says it can also be "a license to steal."

The AARP is backing the Illinois legislation, which was approved by the House and awaits Senate action.

The bill clarifies the duties and authority that go along with the power of attorney. It also creates legal liability for someone who misuses the power.

The bill is HB6477. On the Net: http://www.ilga.gov

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