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A Massachusetts Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that grants a trusted individual or organization the authority to manage legal matters for you, such as signing contracts, accessing... Read more

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  • What is a Massachusetts Power of Attorney?

    A Massachusetts Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that grants a trusted individual or organization the authority to manage legal matters for you, such as signing contracts, accessing accounts, and selling your property.

    The individual giving permission is called the "principal," while the individuals or organizations obtaining powers are known as the "agents" or "attorneys-in-fact. Suited for Massachusetts residents, our Power of Attorney is made for use in Suffolk County, Middlesex County, Worcester County, and in every other part of the state. All Massachusetts PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be tailored for your particular situation. With this essential document on hand, your agent(s) can provide verification to financial institutions and other parties that they can sign documents or take other actions for you when you are not present or able.

  • How do I get a Power of Attorney in Massachusetts?

    It's very easy to grant or receive the authority you might need using a free Massachusetts Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:

    1. Make the document - Answer a few questions and we will do the rest
    2. Send and share - Discuss it with your agent or seek legal help
    3. Sign it - Optional or not, witnesses and notarization are ideal

    This method, in most cases, will be much less expensive than finding and working with your average lawyer. If necessary, you can prepare this PoA on behalf of your spouse or another relative, and then help that person sign it when ready. Please note that for a Power of Attorney to be accepted as valid, the principal must be an adult who is mentally competent at the time of signing. If the principal has already been declared legally incompetent, a conservatorship generally will be required. When dealing with such a situation, it would be a good idea for you to connect with a lawyer.

  • Do I need to have a Massachusetts PoA?

    Every adult ought to have a Power of Attorney. Although it may be tough to think about, there will likely come a time when you are not able to make your own legal decisions. There will even be moments when you're merely out of pocket. Here are some typical situations in which PoA forms might be helpful:

    • You intend to move out of your home and into a care facility
    • You intend to live or travel out of state
    • You would like to grant a trusted person power to manage specific financial or legal issues in your absence or if you become ill
    • You are aging or dealing with limited mobility or ongoing health issues

    Whether your Massachusetts Power of Attorney is being produced as a result of an unexpected emergency or as part of a forward-looking plan, notarization and witnesses are highly encouraged as a best practice for protecting your document if someone doubts its authenticity.

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

    PoA documents can be categorized in several ways. They are mainly based on how long the powers will be valid, when they come into effect, and what they provide authority over. Most often, you'll see them separated into the four segments below:

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

    When making your free Massachusetts Power of Attorney with Rocket Lawyer, you can elect to have the authority begin upon signing, on a selected day, or only at the time when you're not capable. Your Power of Attorney can expire on a particular date or when you pass away.

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

    Massachusetts Power of Attorney forms are normally straightforward, but you or your agent(s) might still have legal questions. Hiring an attorney to provide feedback on your Massachusetts Power of Attorney could be costly. A more cost-effective route would be through Rocket Lawyer attorney services. By becoming a Premium member, you can have your document looked at by an attorney with relevant experience. As always, you can rest assured that Rocket Lawyer is by your side.

  • How much would it normally cost me to get a Power of Attorney form in Massachusetts?

    The fees associated with finding and working with your average attorney to generate a Power of Attorney might total between two hundred and five hundred dollars, depending on your location. Rocket Lawyer is not your average Power of Attorney template website. With us, anyone under a Rocket Lawyer Premium membership can take advantage of up to 40% in savings when hiring an On Call attorney.

  • Will I have to take additional actions after creating a Massachusetts Power of Attorney?

    Your Power of Attorney will come with its own list of suggested actions to take to finalize the document. With a Rocket Lawyer membership, you will be able to edit it, print it, and sign it. Finally, your agent(s) and financial institutions should receive copies of your final document.

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

    The specific guidelines and restrictions governing PoA forms vary by state; however, in Massachusetts, in most cases, two witnesses will be required to sign your document. While not mandatory, notarization can also be helpful. If your agent will have the ability to engage in real estate transactions, the Power of Attorney must be acknowledged by a notary public and recorded with your county. As a general standard, your witness(es) must be over 18 years old, and none of them should simultaneously be named as your PoA agent.

    See Massachusetts Power of Attorney law: Chapter 190B, Article V, Section 5

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