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A Hawaii Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that grants someone else permission to handle your legal and financial affairs, such as selling property, signing contracts, and accessing... Read more

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  • What is a Hawaii Power of Attorney?

    A Hawaii Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that grants someone else permission to handle your legal and financial affairs, such as selling property, signing contracts, and accessing accounts.

    The person granting permission is called the "principal," and the person or organization gaining authority is called the "agent." Suitable for Hawaii residents, this Power of Attorney can be used in Maui County, Honolulu County, Hawaii County, and in all other parts of the state. All Hawaii Power of Attorney forms from Rocket Lawyer can be fully personalized to address your specific situation. As a result of this legal document, your agent can provide confirmation to financial institutions and other parties that they can act in your interest when you are not present or able.

  • How do I get a Hawaii Power of Attorney form online for free?

    It's simple and easy to assign or receive the authority you might need with a free Hawaii 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 - Review it with your agent or ask a legal question
    3. Sign and make it legal - Mandatory or not, witnesses and notarization are encouraged

    This route will often be notably less time-consuming than finding and working with your average lawyer. If needed, you may start a PoA on behalf of your spouse or another relative, and then have them sign it when ready. Keep in mind that for a PoA form to be considered legally valid, the principal must be an adult who is mentally competent when they sign. If the principal has already been declared legally incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship may be necessary. When managing such a situation, it would be important for you to work with a lawyer.

  • Do I need to have a Hawaii PoA?

    If you are over 18 years old, you should have a Power of Attorney. Though it's challenging to acknowledge, a time might come when you cannot handle your affairs on your own. There will also be moments when you are simply unavailable. Here are a few common occasions in which you may find a PoA to be helpful:

    • You are getting older or dealing with limited mobility
    • You are planning to travel or live abroad either temporarily or permanently
    • You would like to give a trusted person broad authority to take legal actions or make decisions on your behalf in the event that you are not present or are legally incompetent
    • You are planning to move out of your home and into an adult care facility

    Whether this Hawaii Power of Attorney is being generated as part of a long-term plan or made in response to an urgent issue, notarization and/or witnesses can help to protect your document if its credibility is disputed by a third party.

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

    There are a few different ways to classify Power of Attorney documents. They are largely dependent on what powers are granted, when they come into effect, and how long they will remain in effect. Most often, you'll find them organized into the four groups below:

    • Special Power of Attorney - Grants limited powers over specified affairs
    • General Power of Attorney - Grants a broad scope of powers over your affairs
    • Springing Power of Attorney - Comes into effect based on certain guidelines
    • Durable Power of Attorney - Remains in effect even if you become mentally incompetent or incapacitated

    When producing your free Hawaii Power of Attorney with Rocket Lawyer, you may opt to have the authority start upon signing, on a precise day, or only when you're no longer capable. The Power of Attorney can expire either upon your death or on a particular date.

  • Should I work with an attorney for my Hawaii PoA?

    Hawaii Power of Attorney forms are generally simple, but you or your agent might still have questions. The answer will depend on whom you approach, but quite often some attorneys may not even agree to review a document if they were not the author. A better approach worth consideration is to get help via the Rocket Lawyer On Call® attorney network. When you sign up for a Premium membership, you have the ability to request guidance from an experienced lawyer or ask additional legal questions about your Power of Attorney. As always, Rocket Lawyer is here for you.

  • How much would it usually cost for an attorney to help me get a Power of Attorney form in Hawaii?

    The fees associated with finding and hiring a traditional attorney to create a Power of Attorney might add up to between two hundred and five hundred dollars, based on your location. When you use Rocket Lawyer, you are not just filling out a Power of Attorney template. In case you ever need help from a lawyer, your membership provides up to 40% in savings when you hire an attorney from our network.

  • What are my next steps after I have drafted a Hawaii Power of Attorney?

    Each Power of Attorney comes with its own series of tips on what you should do next. You also may interact with your document in all of the following ways: editing it, downloading it as a Word or PDF document, and signing it. Finally, you will need to provide a copy of your fully signed document to your agent(s) and financial institutions.

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

    The requirements governing PoA forms vary in each state; however, in Hawaii, your Power of Attorney will need to be notarized. If your agent will engage in real estate transactions, the Power of Attorney will need to be signed before a notary public and filed or recorded with the county.

    See Hawaii Power of Attorney law: Chapter 551E

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