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Making a Massachusetts Power of Attorney
A Massachusetts Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives you the ability to reach into the future and influence how decisions made on your behalf might be handled. When you create a Power of Attorney, you decide who you want to act or make decisions on your behalf, and you get to decide when that power begins and ends. Do you want this power to be broad or narrow? Do you want it to take effect immediately or on the happening of some particular date or event?
A Massachusetts Power of Attorney is a legal transfer of power from the Principal (the person creating the Power of Attorney) to another person (the Agent) in order to make decisions on the Principal's behalf. It can delegate power for financial, business, or health decision-making.
If you do not have a Power of Attorney in place and something happens to you, the court will appoint someone to serve as a guardian or conservator. This person could end up being an independent third party (a stranger), and your family may even have to pay that person for their services. A Power of Attorney allows you to decide who that person should be in advance. You can choose someone who you think will act in accordance with your preferences because they actually know you, as well as in your best interests, based on your personal relationship.
You can create your own Massachusetts Power of Attorney document for free using the Rocket Lawyer document builder. The Rocket Lawyer Massachusetts Power of Attorney may be used if:
Massachusetts law does not require that a Power of Attorney be notarized. However, in practice, documents that have been notarized may face a lower chance of being challenged in probate court. In addition to recommending that the Power of Attorney be notarized, most courts also recommend that the document be: (1) signed by the agent; and (2) recorded with the local court wherever the principal lives.