Power of Attorney

When you need a little help making big decisions, a Power of Attorney form (also known as a POA) allows you to give  legal permission to someone else to act on your behalf. You can give someone the ability to write checks, sign official  documents or handle other legal matters on your behalf.

Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a written document in which an individual (the “principal”) designates another person (the “agent”) to exercise powers or perform acts on their behalf. When a Power of Attorney goes into effect, the agent acts for the principal. Although the agent has a duty to act in the principal’s best interests, it is critical that principals only appoint agents who they trust completely.

A Power of Attorney can take several forms. For example, principals can appoint a family member to handle all of their financial affairs if they become unable to do so, or only to sell a particular piece of property on their behalf if they cannot handle the transaction.

Eligibility

Anyone 18 years of age and older can create a Power of Attorney, but the principal must have capacity at the time that he/she reads and signs the document.

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