What do I need to do in order to handle someone's affairs when they pass?
Question Details: A durable power of attorney?
You will need to be designated the executor in the person's Will to handle affairs after death. If the person dies intestate, which means without a Will, you can petition the court to be named executor of the decedent's estate.
First of all, a power of attorney termiates upon the death of the principal, so that will serve no purpose here. If they have a Will, then the person named as executor will be in charge of adminstering estate matters. If they die without a Will, then you can go to the probate court in the county in which the deceased was dominciled as the time of their death and asked to be appointed as the personal representative of the estate (this is the same role as an executor would serve if there was a Will).