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General Power of Attorney basics

Powers of Attorney exist to help you if you're ever unable to make decisions for yourself. Specifically, a General Power of Attorney makes sure your financial and legal matters are handled by someone you trust if you become incapacitated and can't make decisions. Because a General Power of Attorney grants broad power to act, the person you designate will control your financial, health, legal and most other matters.

Use the General Power of Attorney document if:

  • You wish to give someone broad authorization to act for you if you are absent.
  • You wish to give someone broad authorization to act for you if you are incapable.
  • You wish to give someone broad authorization to act for you in situations you specify.

A General Power of Attorney allows you to appoint a trusted individual to care after your health or financial obligations, often over a broad period of time. If you wish to grant more limited or temporary powers, a Special Power of Attorney is more appropriate. Consult one of our contracted attorneys to learn more.

Other names for this document: General POA, General Letter of Attorney, Durable Power of Attorney

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