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A Georgia Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that gives a trusted individual permission to manage legal matters on your behalf, such as signing contracts, accessing bank accounts, and buying... Read more

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  • What is a Georgia Power of Attorney?

    A Georgia Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that gives a trusted individual permission to manage legal matters on your behalf, such as signing contracts, accessing bank accounts, and buying or selling property.

    The person giving control is known as the "principal," and the people or organizations receiving powers are known as the "agents." Designed for Georgia residents, this Power of Attorney is made for use in Cobb County, Fulton County, Gwinnett County, and in every other part of the state. All Georgia Power of Attorney forms from Rocket Lawyer can be completely personalized to address your particular circumstances. As a result of this legal document, your representative will be able to offer verification to financial institutions and other parties that they can legally sign documents or take other actions for you when you are not present or able.

  • How do you get power of attorney in Georgia?

    It's simple and easy to grant or obtain the support you need using a free Georgia Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:

    1. Make the document - Provide a few basic details and we will do the rest
    2. Send and share it - Discuss the document with your agent(s) or ask a lawyer
    3. Sign and make it legal - Optional or not, witnesses/notarization are encouraged

    This route is often notably less expensive and less time-consuming than working with a traditional law firm. If needed, you can start this PoA on behalf of your spouse or another relative, and then help that person sign it when ready. Please note that for a PoA form to be accepted as legally valid, the principal must be mentally competent when they sign. In the event that the principal has already been declared incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship may be required. When dealing with this situation, it is best for you to speak with a lawyer.

  • Do I need to have a Georgia PoA?

    Anyone who is over 18 years old should have a Power of Attorney. Although it is painful to think about, there could come a time when you aren't able to make your own legal decisions. There may even be moments when you're simply out of pocket. Typical circumstances where a PoA can be useful include:

    • You intend to move out of your home and into a community care facility
    • You are living abroad or out of state
    • You would like to give someone general authority to act on your behalf in the event that you are absent or become legally incompetent
    • You are getting older or dealing with limited mobility or ongoing health issues

    Regardless of whether your Georgia Power of Attorney is being drafted as part of a forward-looking plan or created in response to an emergency, witnesses and/or notarization can often help to protect your document if anyone disputes its credibility.

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

    There are a few ways to classify PoA documents. They are mainly dependent on when the powers will come into effect, how long they are in effect, and what they will offer authority over. Most often, you may see them defined in four groups:

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

    When drafting your free Georgia Power of Attorney with Rocket Lawyer, you can opt to have the agent's power start immediately upon signing, on a desired day, or only at the point when you are no longer capable. Your Power of Attorney can end on a specific date or when you die.

  • Do I need to work with an attorney to review my Georgia PoA?

    Georgia Power of Attorney forms are generally easy to make, but you or your agent(s) might still need advice. Finding an attorney to provide feedback on your Georgia Power of Attorney can be costly. An easier option is via Rocket Lawyer attorney services. With a Premium membership, you can get your documents examined by an attorney with relevant experience. As always, you can rest assured that Rocket Lawyer is here for you.

  • What would I usually have to pay for a lawyer to help me get a Power of Attorney form in Georgia?

    The fees associated with hiring and working with your average lawyer to produce a Power of Attorney might total anywhere between two hundred and five hundred dollars. Rocket Lawyer isn't a run-of-the-mill Power of Attorney template website. With our service, anyone under a Premium membership can take advantage of up to a 40% discount when hiring an On Call attorney.

  • Will I have to do anything else after creating a Georgia Power of Attorney?

    Your Power of Attorney comes with its own checklist of next steps to take once your document is finished. Feel free to engage with your PoA in all of these ways: making edits, printing it out, and/or signing it. Finally, be sure to provide a copy of your signed document to your agent(s) and financial institutions.

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

    The requirements will be different by state; however, in Georgia, your document will generally need the signature of one witness and a notary public. For matters related to children, witnesses may not be required, but they are strongly recommended. If your agent(s) will handle real estate transactions, the Power of Attorney must be signed before a notary and recorded or filed with your county. As a basic principle, your witness(es) will need to be over 18 years old, and none of them should also be acting as your PoA agent.

    See Georgia Power of Attorney law: Title 10, Chapter 6B

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