A valid Florida power of attorney must be recognized, or accepted, by third parties. Chapter 709 of Florida’s statutes deals with powers of attorney and tells us what third parties should do when presented with a valid Florida power of attorney. Failure to recognize a valid power of attorney may be frivolous and fees may be awarded against a third party that fails to honor the POA without contesting the validity of it. See the (not final) case of Maximiliana Albelo v. Southern Oak Ins. Co from the January term of Florida’s 3rd District Court of Appeal, opinion filed February 6, 2013.