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Making a Washington Power of Attorney
A Washington Power of Attorney grants legal permission to a person you choose, called your Agent, to make important decisions on your behalf. People often create a Power of Attorney as part of their estate plan, but a Power of Attorney can be used whenever there's a need to authorize a trusted friend, family member, or professional to act or make financial, legal, or healthcare decisions for you. You can appoint your Agent to take over if you have a serious illness, are scheduled for major surgery, or have been in a major accident that takes you out of commission for a while. You can also appoint an Agent to represent you in a financial transaction, like the sale of a valuable collection, while you are away on vacation.
You, as the Principal, can choose for this power to begin immediately, on a specific date, or only if you become incapacitated. The powers granted in the Power of Attorney can either end on a specific date or upon your death.
You can get a Power of Attorney by creating one in a Power of Attorney document that is legal in the state of Washington. Under Washington law, your Agent may exercise the following powers, but only if you specifically grant the authority in your Power of Attorney.
The Rocket Lawyer Washington Power of Attorney document is legal in the state of Washington, and you may want to use it if:
In order to be legally valid under Washington law, a Power of Attorney must be signed and dated by the Principal and either notarized or witnessed by two or more witnesses. If witnesses are chosen, the witnesses cannot be related to the Principal by blood, marriage, or domestic partnership. The witnesses also cannot be care providers in a nursing home or other adult care home.
If the Principal is unable to physically sign their name, the Principal can make a mark consistent with Washington law, or if they are unable to make a mark, they can tell someone orally to make the mark on their behalf.