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Making a Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that gives a trusted person or entity the authority to handle your finances and legal matters, such as signing contracts, selling property, accessing bank accounts.
The individual giving control is called the "principal," and the individuals or organizations obtaining powers are known as the "agents." Designed for residents of all states, PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be completely customized for your unique circumstances. Creating this document will provide confirmation to financial institutions and other parties that your chosen agent(s) can legally act in your interest when you are not present or able.
It's simple to give or get the authority you need using a free Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:
This method is, in many cases, notably more affordable and convenient than meeting and hiring the average lawyer. If needed, you can fill out a PoA on behalf of your spouse or another family member, and then help them sign it when ready. Please keep in mind that for a PoA form to be legally valid, the principal must be an adult who is mentally competent when they sign. In the event that the principal is already incapacitated and unable to make their own decisions, a court-appointed conservatorship could be required. When managing this scenario, it would be best to talk to a lawyer.
Anyone who is over 18 ought to have a Power of Attorney. Though it's painful to acknowledge, a time might come when you can no longer handle your affairs on your own. There will also be times when you're simply not available. Here are a few common situations in which a PoA can be useful:
Whether this Power of Attorney has been produced as a result of an emergency or as part of a long-term plan, witnesses and/or notarization are strongly recommended for protecting your agent if a third party disputes their privileges and authority.
There are multiple ways to classify Power of Attorney documents. They are primarily dependent on what powers will be granted, when they come into effect, and how long they are valid. Often, you'll see them separated into the four groups below:
When making your free Power of Attorney with Rocket Lawyer, you may decide to have the authority begin upon signing, on a selected day, or only when you're no longer capable. Your Power of Attorney can terminate either upon your death or on a specific date.
Typically, a Power of Attorney cannot grant the agent the ability to:
PoA forms are typically easy to make; however, you or your agent might still have legal questions. Finding a lawyer to provide feedback on your Power of Attorney might be costly. An easier route would be to go through Rocket Lawyer attorney services. With a Premium membership, you can get your documents reviewed or send any questions. As always, you can rest assured that Rocket Lawyer is here to help.
The cost of working with a lawyer to generate a Power of Attorney can total anywhere between $200 and $500. When you use Rocket Lawyer, you are not just filling out a Power of Attorney template. In case you ever need assistance from a lawyer, your Rocket Lawyer membership provides up to 40% in savings when you hire an attorney from our On Call network.
Each Power of Attorney comes with its own series of tips for what is next after your document is finished. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you will be able to make edits, print it out, or sign it. Finally, you should provide a copy of your signed document to your agent(s), financial institutions, and other impacted parties.
The specifications and restrictions governing PoA forms will be different in each state; however, it is a best practice to have your Power of Attorney signed by at least one witness and/or notarized in order to reinforce its validity. If your agent(s) will engage in real estate transactions, the Power of Attorney will need to be signed by a notary and recorded or filed with the county. As a basic principle, witnesses should be at least 18 years old, and no witness should simultaneously be acting as your agent.
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