DEAR JEFF: My husband is almost blind, and cannot see well enough to sign his name. Do I need a power of attorney to sign a will for him? If not, what can I do? Thanks, “Need to Know”

Dear “Need to Know”: Signing the will on your husband’s behalf (using a Power of Attorney) would invalidate any provision in his will that leaves any of his estate to you.

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