Dear Editor:

I am writing to you to try to get the word out about power of attorneys. I worked for Culpepper Plastic Co. Inc. for many years. I had a very serious back injury on the job and had to have surgery. When I returned to work the company had changed its policies. The company required that all its employees sign a power of attorney to do background checks on its employees.

Years later I started having problems. My home was robbed several times, my banking and credit was being messed with and I could not imagine who or why anyone would go to that extent to mess with one person. I noticed that it all started to happen when I filed for my disability and got it approved. The only thing I knew to do was to get it stopped. My personal advice is to never sign a power of attorney.

I know if you do sign one with someone that means that you would be appointing that person to handle your affairs for you if you became unable to manage them yourself. That person would be bound by law to handle your affairs as to the way you would handle them. They cannot sell your home or steal your money, abuse and drug you or drive you into a mental hospital just to take your assets. That person is required by law to handle and manage your affairs in your very best interest.

I did not appoint Culpepper Plastic Co. Inc. or its owners or executives or, for that matter, ever appoint anyone to be my power of attorney in fact. I have never or have no intentions of a power of attorney over to anyone.

I would like your readers to know that if they had to sign one for their background check they should get the document revoked. I got mine revoked even knowing it was for their background check only. I had mine revoked and recorded to be safe. I hope you will consider getting your document revoked to be on the safe side.

Tina Lee