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Making a New Mexico Power of Attorney
A New Mexico Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that grants a trusted person or entity permission to manage legal matters for you, such as accessing your bank account, buying or selling real estate, and signing contracts.
The individual granting control is called the "principal," and the person or entity receiving powers is called the "agent." Suitable for residents of New Mexico, this Power of Attorney can be used in Santa Fe County, Bernalillo County, Dona Ana County, and in every other county throughout the state. All New Mexico Power of Attorney forms from Rocket Lawyer can be tailored to address your particular situation. As a result of having this essential document, your representative(s) will be able to provide proof to financial institutions and other parties that they can sign documents or take other actions for you when you are not present or able.
It's very simple to grant or receive the support you may need with a free New Mexico Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:
This method is, in most cases, notably less expensive than hiring and working with the average law firm. If needed, you may start a PoA on behalf of your spouse or another family member, and then have that person sign after you've drafted it. Please keep in mind that for this document to be valid, the principal must be an adult who is mentally competent at the time of signing. If the principal is already unable to make their own decisions, a conservatorship may be required. In such a scenario, it's best for you to connect with an attorney.
If you are over 18 years old, you should have a Power of Attorney. Though it may be painful to acknowledge, there might come a day when you can no longer sort out your affairs on your own. There may even be moments when you are merely out of pocket. Typical occasions in which you may consider PoA forms to be helpful include:
Whether this New Mexico Power of Attorney has been generated as part of a long-term plan or made as a result of an unexpected issue, notarization and witnesses can often help to protect your document if someone doubts its authority.
Power of Attorney documents can be classified in a few ways. They are largely dependent on how long the powers are valid, when they will come into effect, and what they will provide authority over. Frequently, you will find them described in these four groups:
When producing your free New Mexico Power of Attorney with Rocket Lawyer, you can opt to have the power begin on a desired date, immediately, or only at the point when you're not capable. Your Power of Attorney can expire either upon your death or on a specific date.
New Mexico Power of Attorney forms are typically simple to make; however, you or your agent may still have legal questions. Depending on whom you reach out to, some attorneys won't even accept requests to review a document that they did not author. A better approach to consider is to go through the On Call network of attorneys. If you become a Premium member, you will be able to ask for guidance from an experienced attorney or get answers to other questions related to your Power of Attorney. We're always available to help.
The cost of finding and hiring an attorney to draft a Power of Attorney could be between $200 and $500, depending on your location. Rocket Lawyer offers much more than other Power of Attorney template providers that you might find elsewhere. As a Rocket Lawyer Premium member, you can get up to 40% in savings when hiring an attorney.
Your Power of Attorney comes with its own list of next steps you should take to finalize your document. Feel free to try any or all of these actions with your PoA: editing it, printing it out, and/or signing it. Finally, be sure that your agent(s), financial institutions, and other impacted parties receive a copy of the fully executed document.
The specific requirements vary by state; however, in New Mexico, your Power of Attorney must be notarized. If your agent will engage in real estate transactions, the Power of Attorney will need to be notarized and recorded or filed with your county.
See New Mexico Power of Attorney law: Ch. 45, Article 5B