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A Florida Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that grants a person or entity permission to handle legal matters for you, such as accessing bank accounts, selling property, and signing... Read more

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  • What is a Florida Power of Attorney?

    A Florida Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that grants a person or entity permission to handle legal matters for you, such as accessing bank accounts, selling property, and signing contracts.

    The person giving control is known as the "principal," while the person or organization receiving powers is known as the "agent" or "attorney-in-fact." Suitable for residents of Florida, our Power of Attorney can be used in Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and in all other parts of the state. All Florida Power of Attorney forms from Rocket Lawyer can be edited to address your specific situation. This essential document will provide verification to financial institutions and other parties that your selected agent is legally allowed to sign documents or take other actions for you.

  • How can I get a Florida Power of Attorney template online?

    It's fast and simple to grant or obtain the support you may need with a free Florida Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:

    1. Make your document - Provide a few simple details and we will do the rest
    2. Send or share it - Go over the PoA with your agent(s) or seek legal advice
    3. Sign it - Optional or not, witnesses and notarization are encouraged

    This solution is often going to be notably less time-consuming than hiring your average law firm. If necessary, you may start a PoA on behalf of a family member, and then have them sign it when ready. Please remember that for a PoA form to be accepted as legally valid, the principal must be a mentally competent adult when they sign. In the event that the principal has already been declared legally incompetent, a conservatorship could be necessary. When dealing with such a situation, it is best to speak to a lawyer.

  • Why should I have a Florida PoA?

    Every person over 18 years old ought to have a Power of Attorney. Even though it is tough to think about, there may come a day when you can no longer deal with your day-to-day affairs by yourself. There may also be times when you're simply not available. Typical situations where a PoA would be helpful include:

    • You are aging or dealing with ongoing health issues or limited mobility
    • You are planning to live or travel overseas temporarily or permanently
    • You would like to give someone general permission to take legal actions or make decisions on your behalf if you are legally incapacitated or not present
    • You are planning to move out of your home and into a community care facility

    Regardless of whether this Florida Power of Attorney has been drafted as part of a long-term plan or created as a result of an unexpected issue, witnesses and/or notarization can often help to protect your agent if someone questions their power and authority.

  • Which type of Power of Attorney do I need in Florida?

    There are a few different ways to classify Power of Attorney documents. They are mainly dependent on how long the powers are in effect, when they come into effect, and what they grant authority over. Frequently, you will find them described in these four groups:

    • Special Power of Attorney - Grants limited authority over specific matters
    • General Power of Attorney - Grants broad powers over your affairs
    • Springing Power of Attorney - Is activated based on certain criteria
    • Durable Power of Attorney - Remains in effect even when you become incapacitated or mentally incompetent

    When making your free Florida Power of Attorney with Rocket Lawyer, you can decide to have the authority begin upon signing, on a desired date, or only at the time when you are no longer capable. The Power of Attorney can end either on a specific date or when you pass away.

  • Do I need to hire an attorney for my Florida PoA?

    Florida Power of Attorney forms are typically simple, but you could still need advice. Depending on whom you reach out to, some attorneys will not even agree to review documents that they didn't draft. A more favorable approach worth consideration is to request help from the On Call network of attorneys. If you sign up for a Premium membership, you can ask for feedback from an attorney with relevant experience or send additional legal questions about your Power of Attorney. We are here to support you.

  • How much does a Power of Attorney cost in Florida?

    The fees associated with working with an attorney to create a Power of Attorney can total anywhere between $200 and $500, based on your location. Rocket Lawyer is not your average Power of Attorney template website. With us, anyone under a Rocket Lawyer membership can take advantage of up to 40% in savings when hiring an attorney from our network.

  • What should I do after making a Florida Power of Attorney?

    With a membership, you can edit it, download it, and print it. In order to finish up your Power of Attorney, it needs to be signed. Make sure that your agent(s) and financial institutions receive a copy of the fully executed document.

  • Does a Power of Attorney need to be notarized, witnessed, and/or recorded in Florida?

    The rules for PoA forms are different in each state; however, in Florida, your document must be signed by a notary public and two witnesses. If your agent(s) will have the authority to manage real estate transactions, the Power of Attorney must be signed before a notary and recorded with your county. As a basic principle, witnesses must be 18 years old or older, and none should simultaneously be your Power of Attorney agent.

    See Florida Power of Attorney law: Chapter 709, Part II

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