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     59-6-11.   Durable power of attorney presumed valid--Liability for refusal to accept authority of agent--Exceptions. A durable power of attorney that purports to be signed by the principal named in the durable power of attorney is presumed valid. Another person may rely on the presumption of validity unless the person has actual knowledge that the power was not validly executed or that the power was revoked.
     Except as provided in this section, any person who refuses to accept the authority of the agent to exercise a power granted under the durable power of attorney is liable to the principal and to the principal's heirs, assigns, and the personal representative or successor in interest of the principal's estate in the same manner as the person would be liable had the person refused to accept the authority of the principal to act on the principal's own behalf. The person found liable for refusing to accept the authority of an agent is liable for damages and costs, including reasonable attorney's fees.
     A person who refuses to accept the authority of an agent to exercise a power granted under a durable power of attorney is not liable pursuant to this section if:
             (1)      The person has actual knowledge of the revocation of the durable power of attorney before the exercise of the power;
             (2)      The duration of the durable power of attorney specified in the durable power of attorney has expired;
             (3)      The person has actual knowledge of the death of the principal;
             (4)      The person reasonably believes that the durable power of attorney is not valid under the law of this state;
             (5)      The person reasonably believes that the durable power of attorney does not grant the agent authority to perform the transaction requested; or
             (6)      The person reasonably believes that a course of conduct or refusal to act as proposed by the agent is contrary to the wishes of the principal as expressed to the person.
     This section does not negate the liability that a person would have to the principal or the agent under another form of power of attorney, under the common law, or otherwise.

Source: SL 2004, ch 312, ยง 2.


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