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What is a Michigan Power of Attorney?

A Michigan Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that grants a selected person the authority to handle legal matters on your behalf, such as buying or selling real estate, signing contracts, and accessing your bank account(s). 
 
The individual giving control is known as the "principal," while the individuals or organizations gaining authority are called the "agents" or "attorneys-in-fact. Designed for Michigan residents, our Power of Attorney is made for use in Washtenaw County, Kent County, Genesee County, and in every other part of the state. All Michigan Power of Attorney forms from Rocket Lawyer can be completely personalized for your specific circumstances. Making this essential document will provide proof to financial institutions and other parties that your representative can sign documents or take other actions for you.

When to use a Michigan Power of Attorney:

  • You wish to give someone broad authorization to act for you if you are absent or incapable.
  • You wish to give someone power to handle certain financial or legal issues in your absence or if you become ill.
  • You wish to authorize someone to act on your behalf if case you become legally incompetent or incapacitated.

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I, , residing at , , , hereby appoint Each Agent may act independently, without the consent of the other Agent. The Agents must act jointly, with the consent of the other Agent.

 

or if we become legally separated or divorced, If either Agent is unable to serve for any reason, the other Agent shall serve alone. If either Agent is unable to serve for any reason, I appoint , of , , , as my Successor Agent to serve alone. If either Agent is unable to serve for any reason or if we become legally separated or divorced, I appoint , of , , as my Successor Agent to serve alone. If both Agents are unable to serve (either together or independently) I appoint , , , to act as my Alternate Successor Agent to serve alone.

I hereby revoke any and all general powers of attorney that previously have been signed by me. I hereby revoke any and all special powers of attorney that previously have been signed by me. I hereby revoke any and all general powers of attorney and special powers of attorney that previously have been signed by me. However, the preceding sentence shall not have the effect of revoking any powers of attorney that are directly related to my health care that previously have been signed by me.

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insurance or annuity accounts

retirement accounts

payable on death savings accounts

payable on death checking accounts

 

 

 

  . Provide for the support and protection of myself, my spouse, or of any minor child I have a duty to support or have established a pattern of prior support, including, without limitation, provision for food, lodging, housing, medical services, recreation and travel;

 

. Maintain and/or operate any business that I may own.

 

. Employ professional and business assistance as may be appropriate, including attorneys, accountants, and real estate Agents.

 

my homestead as described in the attached Exhibit. any homestead that I now own or may own in the future. my homestead legally described as:

 

 

If the Agent is my spouse, then I also hereby appoint , of , as my substitute Agent solely for the purpose of releasing any dower, homestead or other inchoate interest or other property rights (of whatever nature), which under local law may not be released by my spouse.

. Make gifts from my assets to members of my family and to such other persons or charitable organizations with whom I have an established pattern of giving (or if it is appropriate to make such gifts for estate planning and/or tax purposes), to file state and federal gift tax returns, and to file a tax election to split gifts with my spouse, if any. No Agent acting under this instrument, except as specifically authorized in this instrument, shall have the power or authority to (a) gift, appoint, assign or designate any of my assets, interests or rights, directly or indirectly, to such Agent, such Agent's estate, such Agent's creditors, or the creditors of such Agent's estate, (b) exercise any powers of appointment I may hold in favor of such Agent, such Agent's estate, such Agent's creditors, or the creditors of such Agent's estate, or (c) use any of my assets to discharge any of such Agent's legal obligations, including any obligations of support which such Agent may owe to others, excluding those whom I am legally obligated to support.

. To transfer any of my assets to the trustee of any revocable trust created by me, if such trust is in existence at the time of such transfer.

 

. To utilize my assets to fund a trust not created by me, but to which I have either established a pattern of funding, or to fund a trust created by my Agent for my benefit or the benefit of my dependents, heirs or devisees upon the advice of a financial adviser.

 

. To create, sign, modify or revoke any trust agreements or other trust documents in an attempt to manage or create a trust that was created for my benefit or the benefit of my dependants, heirs or devisees. This shall include the creation, modification or revocation of any inter vivos, family living, irrevocable or revocable trusts.

 

. To exercise fiduciary responsibilities that I have a right to delegate.

 

. Subject to other provisions of this document, my Agent may disclaim any interest, which might otherwise be transferred or distributed to me from any other person, estate, trust, or other entity, as may be appropriate. However, my Agent may not disclaim assets to which I would be entitled, if the result is that the disclaimed assets pass directly or indirectly to my Agent or my Agent's estate.

 

. Have access to my healthcare and medical records and statements regarding billing, insurance and payments.

 

. Act on my behalf for the purposes of managing, distributing, and terminating my digital assets. For the purposes of this Power of Attorney, digital assets shall mean electronic assets that are stored on my computers, electronic devices, or on any online account, as identified in the Digital Assets Memorandum of this Power of Attorney. Online accounts include, but are not limited to, social-networking sites, online backup services, servers, email accounts, photo and document sharing sites, financial and business accounts, domain names, virtual property, websites, and blogs. The Digital Assets Memorandum, with associated websites, usernames, passwords, and related information, is hereby incorporated by reference into this Power of Attorney and shall be distributed to my Agent designated in this Power of Attorney. My Agent shall have the power and authority to manage, conduct, and to exercise all of my legal rights and powers relating to my digital assets, including all rights and powers that I may acquire in the future. My Agent's powers shall include, but not be limited to, the power to access, download, and backup digital assets, convert my file formats, access any and all devices necessary to manage digital assets, and clear computer caches and delete files.

 

. Open, maintain or close bank accounts (including, but not limited to, checking accounts, savings accounts, and certificates of deposit), brokerage accounts, retirement plan accounts, and other similar accounts with financial institutions. This power shall include the authority to conduct any business with any banking or financial institution with respect to any of my accounts, including, but not limited to, making deposits and withdrawals, negotiating or endorsing any checks or other instruments with respect to any such accounts, obtaining bank statements, passbooks, drafts, money orders, warrants, and certificates or vouchers payable to me by any person, firm, corporation, or political entity.

 

. Open, maintain or close the following specific accounts. This power shall include the authority to conduct any transaction for these accounts, including, but not limited to, making deposits and withdrawals, negotiating or endorsing any checks or other instruments with respect to any such accounts, obtaining bank statements, passbooks, drafts, money orders, warrants, and certificates or vouchers payable to me by any person, firm, corporation, or political entity.

 

 

Perform any act necessary to deposit, negotiate, sell, or transfer any note, bond, security, or draft of the United States of America, including U.S. Treasury Securities.

 

Institute, supervise, prosecute, defend, intervene in, abandon, compromise, arbitrate, settle, dismiss, and appeal from any and all legal, equitable, judicial or administrative hearings, actions, suits, proceedings, attachments, arrests or distresses, involving me in any way.

 

 

 

. . . Sell or convey any interest of mine in real estate (whether currently owned or later acquired). Sell or convey any interest of mine in real estate located at Sell or convey any interest of mine in real estate located at

The total sale price must be at least .

 

If the Agent is my spouse, then I also hereby appoint of , , as my substitute Agent solely for the purpose of releasing any dower, homestead or other inchoate interest or other property rights (of whatever nature), which under local law may not be released by my spouse.

 

. . . Mortgage or encumber any interest of mine in real estate (whether currently owned or later acquired). Mortgage or encumber any interest of mine in real estate located at: Mortgage or encumber any interest of mine in real estate located at:

 

If the Agent is my spouse, then I also hereby appoint of , , as my substitute Agent solely for the purpose of releasing any dower, homestead or other inchoate interest or other property rights (of whatever nature), which under local law may not be released by my spouse.

 

. . . Manage, insure, improve, repair, collect rents, execute leases, or take any other action that a landlord might take, with respect to any interest of mine in real estate (whether currently owned or later acquired). Manage, insure, improve, repair, collect rents, execute leases, or take any other action that a landlord might take, with respect to any interest of mine in real estate located at: Manage, insure, improve, repair, collect rents, execute leases, or take any other action that a landlord might take, with respect to any interest of mine in real estate located at:  .  .  . Sell or convey any personal property that I might own now or in the future, tangible or intangible, on such terms and conditions as my Agent deems appropriate. Sell or convey .

 

This power shall include the power to (i) sign contracts of sale and documents to transfer title (including bills of sale), and (ii) accept a security interest for any unpaid portion of the purchase price.

 

 

This power shall include the power to (i) obtain credit upon such terms as my Agent may deem appropriate, subject to the limitations (if any) stated above, (ii) sign any documents (including notes, credit agreements, security agreements, and financing statements), and (iii) take any other action that may be required to complete the above transactions.

 

 

, , .

 

This power shall include the power to: (i) make and carry out decisions regarding sales, purchases, employees, loans, and equipment, and (ii) take any action needed (at the discretion of my Agent) to operate the business.

 

This power shall be limited to the power to make decisions in the ordinary course of business, including, but not limited to, decisions regarding sales, purchases, employees, and equipment.

 

. Prepare, sign, and file documents with any governmental body or agency. Prepare, sign, and file documents with any governmental body or agency. Prepare, sign, and file documents with any governmental body or agency

. Prepare, sign, and file income, gift and other tax returns of all kinds with federal, state, local, and other governmental bodies, and any Power of Attorney form appointing an Agent required by the Internal Revenue Service and/or any state or local taxing authority.

 

. Obtain information or documents from any government or its agencies, and represent me in all tax matters, including the authority to negotiate, compromise, or settle any matter with such government or agency.

 

. Prepare applications, provide information, and perform any other act reasonably requested by any government or its agencies in connection with governmental benefits (including medical, military and social security benefits), and to appoint anyone, including my Agent, to act as my "Representative Payee" for the purpose of receiving Social Security benefits.

. Act on my behalf with respect to the following matters: . Act on my behalf with respect to the following matters: . Act on my behalf with respect to the following matters:

-Exercise all stock rights on my behalf as my proxy, including all rights with respect to stocks, bonds, debentures, commodities, options or other investments.

-Enter into binding contracts on my behalf.

-Purchase, maintain, surrender, collect, or cancel (a) life insurance or annuities of any kind on my life or on the life of anyone in whom I have an insurable interest, (b) liability insurance protecting me and my estate against third party claims, (c) hospital insurance, medical insurance, Medicare supplement insurance, custodial care insurance, and disability income insurance for me or any of my dependents, and (d) casualty insurance insuring assets of mine against loss or damage due to fire, theft, or other commonly insured risk; to pay all insurance premiums, to select any options under such policies, to increase coverage under any such policy, to borrow against any such policy, to pursue all insurance claims on my behalf, to adjust insurance losses, and the foregoing powers shall apply to private and public plans, including but not limited to Medicare, Medicaid, SSI and Worker's Compensation; to designat and change beneficiaries of insurance policies insuring my life and beneficiaries under any annuity contract in which I have an interest; to decrease coverage under or cancel any of these policies described above; to receive and make such disposition of the cash value on termination of any such policy as my Agent deems appropriate. However, my Agent shall have no power or authority whatsoever with respect to any interest in or incidents of ownership in any policy of insurance I may own on the life of my Agent.

-Create and contribute to an employee benefit plan, including a plan for a self-employed individual, for my benefit; to elect retirement on my behalf; to select any payment option under any IRA or employee benefit plan in which I am a participant, including plans for self-employed individuals, or to change options I have selected; to make voluntary contributions to such plans; to make "roll-overs" of plan benefits into other retirement plans; to apply for and receive payments and benefits; to waive rights given to nonemployee spouses under state or federal law; to borrow money or purchase assets from such plans, if authorized by such plans; to make revocable and irrevocable beneficiary designations and to change revocable beneficiary designations; to consent and/or waive consent in connection with the designation of beneficiaries and the selection of joint and survivor annuities under any employee benefit plan.

-Employ professional and business advisors as may be appropriate, including attorneys, accountants, and real estate Agents.

-Add, delete or change beneficiaries to any financial accounts I own including insurance policies, annuities, retirement accounts, payable on death savings or checking account or other investments.

 

-Add, delete or change beneficiaries to

insurance or annuity accounts

retirement accounts

payable on death savings accounts

payable on death checking accounts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Act on my behalf for the purposes of managing, distributing, and terminating my digital assets. For the purposes of this Power of Attorney, digital assets shall mean electronic assets that are stored on my computers, electronic devices, or on any online account, as identified in the Digital Assets Memorandum of this Power of Attorney. Online accounts include, but are not limited to, social-networking sites, online backup services, servers, email accounts, photo and document sharing sites, financial and business accounts, domain names, virtual property, websites, and blogs. The Digital Assets Memorandum, with associated websites, usernames, passwords, and related information, is hereby incorporated by reference into this Power of Attorney and shall be distributed to my Agent designated in this Power of Attorney. My Agent shall have the power and authority to manage, conduct, and to exercise all of my legal rights and powers relating to my digital assets, including all rights and powers that I may acquire in the future. My Agent's powers shall include, but not be limited to, the power to access, download, and backup digital assets, convert my file formats, access any and all devices necessary to manage digital assets, and clear computer caches and delete files.

 

My Agent shall not be liable for any loss that results from a judgment error that was made in good faith. However, my Agent shall be liable for willful misconduct or the failure to act in good faith while acting under the authority of this Power of Attorney. A Successor Agent shall not be liable for acts of a prior Agent.

 

 

My Agent shall provide an accounting for all funds handled and all acts performed as my Agent as required under state law or upon my request or the request of any authorized personal representative, fiduciary or court of record acting on my behalf.

 

I hereby appoint

 

 

 

My Digital Agent shall not be entitled to any compensation, during my lifetime or upon my death, for any services provided as my Digital Agent. My Digital Agent shall be entitled to reasonable compensation for any services provided as my Digital Agent. My Digital Agent shall not be entitled to reimbursement of expenses incurred as a result of carrying out any provision of this Power of Attorney. My Digital Agent shall be entitled to reimbursement of all reasonable expenses incurred as a result of carrying out any provision of this Power of Attorney.

This Power of Attorney is granted in, and shall be governed by the laws of the state of Michigan; however, I intend that this Power of Attorney be universally recognized and that it be universally admissible to recordation. In the event that I become a resident of another jurisdiction, or obtain property, including real property or any other property interest, in another jurisdiction, it remains my intention that the laws of Michigan shall continue to govern this Power of Attorney.

 

This Power of Attorney shall become effective immediately. on . upon written certification by my physician that I am incapacitated or mentally incapable of managing my financial affairs, and shall not be affected by my disability or lack of mental competence, except as may be provided otherwise by an applicable state statute. This is a Durable Power of Attorney. immediately, and shall not be affected by my disability or lack of mental competence, except as may be provided otherwise by an applicable state statute. This is a Durable Power of Attorney. on , and shall not be affected by my disability or lack of mental competence, except as may be provided otherwise by an applicable state statute. This is a Durable Power of Attorney. This Power of Attorney shall continue effective until or until I lack sufficient mental competence to understand and handle my financial and personal affairs or until I lack sufficient mental competence to understand and handle my financial and personal affairs. This Power of Attorney may be revoked by me at any time by providing written notice to my Agent.

 

Dated ____________________, ______, at , .

 

 

 

__________________________________

 

 

 

Witness Signature: ___________________________________

Name:

City:

State:

 

 

 

Witness Signature: ___________________________________

Name:

City:

State:

 

 

STATE OF ,

COUNTY OF , ss:

 

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this _____ day of ____________________, ______, by .

 

 

_________________________________

Signature of person taking acknowledgment

 

Notice to Person Executing Power of Attorney:

 

A Power of Attorney is an important legal document. By signing the Power of Attorney, you are authorizing another person to act for you, the principal. Before you sign this Power of Attorney, you should know these important facts:

 

Your Agent (attorney-in-fact) has no duty to act unless you and your Agent agree otherwise in writing.

 

This document gives your Agent the powers to manage, dispose of, sell and convey your real and personal property, and to use your property as security if your Agent borrows money on your behalf, unless you provide otherwise in this Power of Attorney.

 

Your Agent will have the right to receive reasonable payment for services provided under this Power of Attorney unless you provide otherwise in this Power of Attorney.

 

The powers you give your Agent will continue to exist for your entire lifetime, unless you state that the Power of Attorney will last for a shorter period of time or unless you otherwise terminate the Power of Attorney. The powers you give your Agent in this Power of Attorney will continue to exist even if you can no longer make your own decisions respecting the management of your property, unless you provide otherwise in this Power of Attorney.

 

You can change or correct the terms of this Power of Attorney only by executing a new Power of Attorney, or by executing an amendment through the same formalities as an original. You have the right to revoke or terminate this Power of Attorney at any time, so long as you are competent.

 

This Power of Attorney must be dated and must be acknowledged before a notary public. A Power of Attorney that may affect real property should be acknowledged before a notary public so that it may easily be recorded.

 

You should read this Power of Attorney carefully. When effective, this Power of Attorney will give your Agent the right to deal with property that you now have or might acquire in the future. The Power of Attorney is important to you. If you do not understand the Power of Attorney, or any provision of it, then you should obtain the assistance of an attorney or other qualified person.

 

 Date Date

 

______________________________________ _____________________________

Date

 

 

 

Name of Digital Agent:

Address:

City:

State:

ZIP Code:

Phone Number:

 

Name of Digital Agent:

Address:

City:

State:

ZIP Code:

Phone Number:

 

Name of First Co-Digital Agent:

Address:

City:

State:

ZIP Code:

Phone Number:

 

Name of First Co-Digital Agent:

Address:

City:

State:

ZIP Code:

Phone Number:

 

Name of Second Co-Digital Agent:

Address:

City:

State:

ZIP Code:

Phone Number:

 

Name of Second Co-Digital Agent:

Address:

City:

State:

ZIP Code:

Phone Number:

 

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Michigan Power of Attorney FAQs

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

    It is fast and simple to grant or receive the authority you need using a free Michigan Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:

    1. Make the PoA - Answer a few general questions and we will do the rest
    2. Send or share - Discuss the document with your agent(s) or ask a lawyer
    3. Sign it - Required or not, notarization and witnesses are recommended

    This solution will often be notably less expensive than finding and working with your average law firm. If needed, you may start a PoA on behalf of your spouse, an elderly parent, or another family member, and then have them sign it after you've drafted it. Please note that for a PoA form to be valid, the principal must be mentally competent when they sign. If the principal has already been declared incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship could be required. When dealing with such a scenario, it would be best to work with an attorney .

  • Do I need to have a Michigan PoA?

    If you are over 18 years old, you should have a Power of Attorney. Even though it is tough to acknowledge, there might come a time when you aren't able to make legal decisions on your own. There may even be times when you're merely not available. Here are a few common situations where power of attorney would be helpful:

    • You currently live in a residential care facility and need help managing financial affairs
    • You intend to travel or live out of state temporarily or permanently
    • You wish to give someone the ability to manage certain financial or legal issues in your absence or if you are not well
    • You are aging or dealing with ongoing health issues or limited mobility

    Regardless of whether your Michigan Power of Attorney has been produced in response to an unexpected issue or as part of a long-term plan, witnesses and/or notarization can often help to protect your agent if their privileges are disputed by a third party.

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

    There are multiple ways to classify Power of Attorney documents. They are primarily dependent on what powers are being given, when they will come into effect, and how long they will be valid. Frequently, you'll see them separated into these four buckets:

    • General Power of Attorney - Would grant broad authority over your affairs
    • Special Power of Attorney - Would grant a limited scope of powers over selected affairs
    • Durable Power of Attorney - Would remain in effect even when you become mentally incompetent or incapacitated
    • Springing Power of Attorney - Would be activated based on certain events or criteria

    When generating your free Michigan Power of Attorney, you may opt to have the agent's authority begin upon signing, on a desired day, or only when you're not capable. The Power of Attorney may expire upon your death or on a particular date.

  • Do I need to work with an attorney for my Michigan PoA?

    Michigan Power of Attorney forms are usually simple to make, but you or your agent(s) could have questions. Getting a second opinion on the document could take longer than you expect if you try to do it by yourself. Another approach would be through the Rocket Lawyer On Call® network. Rocket Lawyer Premium members can ask for feedback from an experienced lawyer or ask additional questions. As always, you can live confidently with Rocket Lawyer by your side.

  • What is the average cost for a Power of Attorney?

    The cost of hiring a legal provider to make a Power of Attorney can total between $200 and $500, based on your location. Rocket Lawyer is not your average Power of Attorney template website. With our service, anyone under a Rocket Lawyer membership can take advantage of up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney from our network.

  • What should I do after creating a Michigan Power of Attorney?

    With a membership, you will be able to make edits, save it as a Word or PDF document, and/or print it out. To make your Power of Attorney truly legal, you must sign it. Be sure to send a final copy of the fully signed document to your agent(s) and financial institutions.

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

    The guidelines governing PoA forms will vary in each state; however, in Michigan, if the agent is tasked with handling affairs related to minor children or to real estate, then the document requires notarization or the signatures of two witnesses. The same is true for powers that are intended to persist even if the principal is incapacitated. If your agent(s) will have the authority to engage in real estate transactions, the Power of Attorney will need to be acknowledged by a notary and filed or recorded with the county. Finally, as a basic standard, your witness(es) will need to not be under the age of 18, and no witness should also be named as your Power of Attorney agent.

    See Michigan Power of Attorney law: 386-1998-V-5

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