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An Ohio Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that gives a trusted individual or entity the authority to manage financial matters on your behalf, such as accessing your bank account, signing... Read more

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  • What is an Ohio Power of Attorney?

    An Ohio Power of Attorney (PoA) is a legal document that gives a trusted individual or entity the authority to manage financial matters on your behalf, such as accessing your bank account, signing contracts, and selling your property.

    The individual giving control is known as the "principal," and the individuals or organizations receiving powers are called the "agents" or "attorneys-in-fact. Suited for Ohio residents, our Power of Attorney can be used in Summit County, Cuyahoga County, Hamilton County, and in all other counties and municipalities in the state. All Ohio PoA forms from Rocket Lawyer can be modified to address your specific scenario. Creating this essential document provides confirmation to financial institutions and other parties that your agent(s) can legally sign documents or take other actions for you when you are not present or able.

  • How do I get power of attorney in Ohio?

    It is fast and easy to give or get the support you need with a free Ohio Power of Attorney template from Rocket Lawyer:

    1. Make the PoA - Answer a few simple questions and we will do the rest
    2. Send or share - Go over the document with your agent(s) or get legal help
    3. Sign and make it legal - Required or not, notarization/witnesses are recommended

    This solution, in many cases, will be much less time-consuming than hiring your average lawyer. If needed, you may start this PoA on behalf of your spouse, an elderly parent, or another relative, and then have that person sign after you've drafted it. Please keep in mind that for this document to be accepted as valid, the principal must be an adult who is mentally competent at the time of signing. In the event that the principal has already been declared incompetent, a court-appointed conservatorship could be required. When managing such a situation, it is a good idea for you to talk to an attorney.

  • Why should I have an Ohio PoA?

    Every adult should have a Power of Attorney. While it can be tough to think about, there will likely come a time when you can no longer manage your day-to-day affairs on your own. There will also be moments when you're simply out of pocket. Here are a few common circumstances in which a PoA can be helpful:

    • You are aging or have limited mobility
    • You are planning to live or travel overseas either temporarily or permanently
    • You would like to grant a trusted person the ability to handle certain financial or legal issues in your absence or if you become ill
    • You intend to move out of your home and into a community care facility

    Regardless of whether your Ohio Power of Attorney has been prepared as part of a forward-looking plan or made in response to an unexpected issue, notarization and/or witnesses can often help to protect your agent if someone questions their privileges and authority.

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

    There are multiple ways to classify Power of Attorney documents. They are largely based on how long the powers will last, when they come into effect, and what they will grant authority over. Most often, you may find them organized into four buckets:

    • Springing Power of Attorney - Is activated based on certain criteria
    • Durable Power of Attorney - Remains valid even if you become incapacitated
    • Special Power of Attorney - Grants a limited scope of powers over specific matters
    • General Power of Attorney - Grants broad authority over your affairs

    When generating your free Ohio Power of Attorney, you may opt to have the power begin immediately upon signing, on a selected date, or only when you are no longer capable. Your Power of Attorney can end either on a specific date or when you die.

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

    Ohio Power of Attorney forms are normally straightforward; however, you may need advice. It can vary depending on whom you ask, but sometimes a lawyer will not even accept requests to review your document if they were not the author. A more favorable approach to consider is to go through attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. If you sign up for a Premium membership, you have the ability to request guidance from an On Call attorney with relevant experience or get answers to additional questions related to your Power of Attorney. As always, Rocket Lawyer is here to support you.

  • How much would it typically cost for me to get a Power of Attorney form in Ohio?

    The cost of finding and hiring a conventional law firm to draft a Power of Attorney could range anywhere between two hundred and five hundred dollars, based on your location. Rocket Lawyer is not your average Power of Attorney template website. With us, anyone under a Rocket Lawyer membership has access to up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney.

  • Would I have to do anything else after making an Ohio Power of Attorney?

    With a Rocket Lawyer membership, you can make edits, save it in PDF format or as a Word document, or print it. To turn the PoA into a truly legal document, you must sign it. Take care to send a final copy of the signed document to your agent(s), financial institutions, and other impacted parties.

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

    The specific requirements for PoA forms will be different by state; however, in Ohio, your Power of Attorney will need to be notarized. If your agent will engage in real estate transactions, the Power of Attorney will need to be signed before a notary and filed or recorded with your county.

    See Ohio Power of Attorney law: Title 13, Chapter 1337

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