§ 18-16-11. Records, reports and statements.
(a) In a statutory short form power of attorney, the language conferring general authority with respect to records, reports and statements shall be construed to mean that the principal authorizes the agent:
(1) To keep records of all cash received and disbursed for or on account of the principal, of all credits and debits to the account of the principal and of all transactions affecting in any way the assets and liabilities of the principal;
(2) To prepare, execute and file all tax, social security, unemployment insurance and information returns, required by the laws of the United States, of any state or of any subdivision of it, or of any foreign government; to prepare, execute and file all other papers and instruments which the agent deems desirable or necessary for the safeguarding of the principal against excess or illegal taxation or against penalties imposed for claimed violation of any law or other governmental regulation;
(3) To prepare, execute and file any record, report or statement, which the agent deems desirable or necessary for the safeguarding or maintenance of the principal's interest, with respect to price, rent, wage or rationing control, or other governmental activity;
(4) To hire, discharge and compensate any attorney, accountant, or other assistant or assistants when the agent deems this action to be desirable for the proper execution by him or her of any of the powers described in this section; and
(5) In general, and in addition to all the specific acts enumerated in this section, to do any other act or acts, which the principal can do through an agent, in connection with the preparation, execution, filing, storage or other utilization of any records, reports or statements of or concerning the principal's affairs.
(b) All powers described in this section shall be equally exercisable with respect to any records, reports or statements of or concerning the affairs of the principal existing at the giving of the power of attorney or thereafter arising, whether arising in the state of Rhode Island or elsewhere.
(P.L. 1996, ch. 375, § 1.)