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A POA cannot be used for personal gain; the agent owes a principal a fiduciary duty, which means that the agent cannot act with self interest, unless the early inheritance is specifically authorized in the POA document.
If the POA authorizes it, then the estate of the agent would need to reimburse the estate as generally a predeceased heir will not inherit (though some estate planning documents make provisions that the descendants of the heirs will take their share, and the court will deduct the loan). Also, sometimes a will/trust will provide that a loan is to be deducted from an inheritance; other times it will state that an outstanding loan is a gift upon death. If there is no provision, then it is deemed a loan.
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Yes, unless the estate planning documents state that any outstanding loans to heirs are to be considered gifts.
Did you have any other questions on the above? A loan would need to be paid back unless the will stated it would be a gift.
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