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A New Hampshire Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that grants a selected individual or organization the authority to handle your legal and financial affairs, such as signing contracts,... Read more

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  • What is a New Hampshire Power of Attorney?

    A New Hampshire Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that grants a selected individual or organization the authority to handle your legal and financial affairs, such as signing contracts, accessing your bank account, and selling real estate.

    The person giving permission is called the "principal," and the individual or organization obtaining authority is known as the "agent" or "attorney-in-fact." Designed for residents of New Hampshire, our Power of Attorney can be used in Merrimack County, Hillsborough County, Rockingham County, and in all other regions across the state. All New Hampshire PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be completely personalized to address your specific circumstances. As a result of having this official document, your representative will be able to offer confirmation to financial institutions and other parties that they can sign documents or take other actions for you.

  • How can I get power of attorney in New Hampshire?

    It is very simple to grant or receive the support you may need with a free New Hampshire Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:

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

    This method is, in most cases, notably less time-consuming than finding and hiring a traditional law firm. If needed, you may start this PoA on behalf of an elderly parent, a spouse, or another relative, and then have them sign once you've drafted it. Please note that for this document to be valid, the principal must be mentally competent when they sign. If the principal is already unable to make their own decisions, a conservatorship might be required. When facing such a situation, it would be best for you to speak with a lawyer.

  • Do I need to have a New Hampshire PoA?

    Every person over 18 years old should have a Power of Attorney. While it is tough to acknowledge, there could come a time when you are no longer able to make your own decisions. There will also be times when you're simply out of reach. Here are a few common occasions where PoA forms would be useful:

    • You have plans to move out of your home and into a residential care facility
    • You reside abroad or out of state
    • You would like to grant someone power to take legal actions on your behalf in the event that you are absent or become incapacitated
    • You are aging or dealing with limited mobility

    Whether this New Hampshire Power of Attorney is being created in response to an unexpected issue or as part of a long-term plan, notarization and witnesses often help to protect your document if its authority is challenged.

  • Which type of Power of Attorney do I need in New-Hampshire?

    PoA documents can be classified in multiple ways. They are mainly based on when the powers come into effect, how long they will remain in effect, and what they offer authority over. Frequently, you will see them described in the four buckets below:

    • Springing Power of Attorney - Would come into effect based on certain events or criteria
    • Durable Power of Attorney - Would remain in effect even if you become mentally incompetent or incapacitated
    • Special Power of Attorney - Would grant a limited scope of powers over specified matters
    • General Power of Attorney - Would grant broad powers over your affairs

    When making your free New Hampshire Power of Attorney with Rocket Lawyer, you can elect to have the agent's authority begin on a precise date, immediately upon signing, or only at the time when you're not capable. Your Power of Attorney may expire either when you pass away or on a specific date.

  • Do I need a lawyer for my New Hampshire PoA?

    New Hampshire Power of Attorney forms are typically simple to make; however, you or your agent(s) may still have legal questions. It may vary depending on whom you ask, but often some lawyers will not even agree to review a document if they weren't the one who wrote it. A more favorable approach worth consideration is to get help via Rocket Lawyer attorney services. With a Premium membership, you have the ability to request advice from an experienced lawyer or pose other legal questions related to your Power of Attorney. We're always here to support you.

  • How much might I typically pay for a lawyer to help me get a Power of Attorney form in New Hampshire?

    The fees associated with finding and working with your average law firm to write a Power of Attorney might be anywhere between two hundred and five hundred dollars, based on your location. Different from other Power of Attorney template providers that you might discover elsewhere, Rocket Lawyer provides Premium members up to a 40% discount when hiring a lawyer, so an attorney from our On Call network can represent you if you ever need support.

  • Are there any additional steps that I should take after I have made a New Hampshire Power of Attorney?

    Each Power of Attorney has its own checklist of helpful tips on what you can do next. You are encouraged to take any of these actions related to your PoA: making edits, printing it, and signing it. Finally, you should 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, and/or recorded in New Hampshire?

    The specific guidelines and restrictions governing PoA forms are different in each state; however, in New Hampshire, your document will need the signature of a notary. If your agent(s) will handle real estate transactions, the Power of Attorney will need to be notarized and filed or recorded with the county.

    See New Hampshire Power of Attorney law: Title LVI, Chapter 564-E

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