A Statutory Durable Power of Attorney allows your agent to act in your name, and in most cases, you are responsible for the acts that your agent performs in your name. You should choose your agent with this in mind. Your agent should be someone you can trust to act in your best interest. Often, that person is a trusted spouse, adult child or sibling. The powers granted under Statutory Durable Powers of Attorney can give your agent broad powers over your affairs. You can name contingent agents as well, in case your first choice for agent dies, becomes incapacitated, resigns, refuses to act, or is removed by court order, or if your marriage to your agent is dissolved by a court decree of divorce or annulment or is declared void by a court (unless you provided in the Statutory Durable Power of Attorney that the dissolution or declaration does not terminate the agent's authority to act under this power of attorney).