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Why you need a power of attorney

A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that you can use to give someone else legal authority over your financial decisions. This matters if an illness or injury ever prevents you from handling your own finances. It’s also handy for an upcoming vacation or medical procedure.

Avoid financial problems

Protect your financial well-being by ensuring someone can access your finances when you cannot

Choose an agent you trust

Designate a person you trust to handle financial affairs on your behalf

Reduce stress for loved ones

Prevent family going to court to access your accounts

What to expect

The process takes under an hour, and you can complete it from the comfort of home

Create an account

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Answer some questions

Indicate who your agent will be and what authority you want them to have

Complete your document

Answer all questions, then we’ll generate your digital documents for downloading, printing, and signing

Make it legal

Carefully follow the instructions provided in the form, which may include signing your documents in front of witnesses or a notary

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Frequently asked questions about powers of attorney

In most cases, you may not need a lawyer to make a power of attorney. A power of attorney is one of the easiest legal documents to create. You can get one with FindLaw’s guided process in about 30 minutes. You will not even need to leave home.

Although you may find free power of attorney forms at banks or in state statutes, they may not include all of the provisions you need. When choosing a form, it is important to make sure that it is up to date, follows your state’s laws, and gives your agent the specific powers you wish to delegate.

When you use FindLaw’s DIY process, you can rest assured that you will get a document that’s personalized to your needs, based on the answers you provide. Because attorneys have developed FindLaw’s forms, you can be confident that this power of attorney will be up-to-date  in your state too.

Not in all state forms. In some, you can select more than one agent on a power of attorney. But it’s usually better to name one. With multiple agents, there is a risk of confusion or conflict among agents. Further, you will need to decide whether your co-agents can act independently. If not, you have to choose whether they must make decisions unanimously or by majority vote.

Although it’s best to avoid co-agents, it’s a good idea to select a successor agent (a backup agent). Your successor agent will be able to make your financial decisions if your original agent dies, resigns, or becomes unable to complete this duty.

No, your power of attorney does not give your agent the power to make health care decisions for you.

If you would like to delegate your health care decisions to a trusted person, you should create a health care directive that names a health care agent to make medical decisions for you. In your health care directive, you can also express your medical treatment wishes. This can prevent uncertainty and disagreements among family members in the event that you ever become incapacitated and unable to make your own medical decisions.

A power of attorney can last for an indefinite time. If you prefer, you can state that it will expire on a specific date or when a certain event occurs.

If no specific end date or event is listed, a power of attorney may end when any of the following events happens:

  • The principal dies
  • The principal is incapacitated (nondurable only)
  • The principal revokes it
  • The principal and agent divorce or annul their marriage
  • The purpose of the power of attorney expires
  • Death of the agent (if there is no successor agent or co-agent)

If your agent or a third party are unaware of the fact that your power of attorney has ended, they usually will not be liable for continuing to act on it. Imagine, for example, that your agent sells your property to a third party after your revocation. If the third party has a good faith belief that your power of attorney is still valid, they might not have to return the property. This is why it’s so important to inform your agent and anybody you do business with about the revocation or expiration of your power of attorney. This will help to avoid any future hassles.

As long as you are of sound mind, you can revoke your power of attorney any time you are capable of doing so. However, states may have different laws about how to revoke your power of attorney.

To be safe, it is best to revoke your power of attorney in a notarized writing. It’s important to let your agent know about the revocation and give them a copy of your written revocation. You should provide your written revocation to any third parties that your agent worked with on your behalf too.

Another way to revoke a power of attorney is by creating a new one that revokes prior ones. However, you should be cautious with the wording on the new power of attorney. If you have several powers of attorney and do not want to revoke them all, you should make this clear in your new document.

Usually not. In most cases, you are the only person who has the authority to change or revoke your power of attorney. Generally, you can change your power of attorney without needing outside consent.

However, there are limited circumstances when a court can override a principal’s power of attorney. This usually occurs when an agent is not acting in the principal’s best interest, and the principal is unaware because of incompetence or incapacity. In this situation, family members of the principal can petition a court to remove the agent or revoke the power of attorney.

For the most part, your agent can do anything your power of attorney document allows them to do. A general power of attorney gives an agent broad powers over your property and finances. They will have the same ability that you do to enter into transactions and deal with institutions.

For example, your agent can open or close bank accounts, pay your bills, sell real estate, and more. If you would like to restrict your agent’s authority, you can do so in the power of attorney document.

Your agent also must act in good faith and your best interests in mind. Although a power of attorney might give the agent broad powers, it does not permit them to use their authority to make decisions that are obviously bad for you.

What Agents Can’t Do

Agents cannot act beyond the scope of the powers given in the power of attorney document. For example, if your power of attorney says that your agent can only handle real estate transactions, then your agent cannot sell your car.

There are certain things an agent can never do. An agent cannot:

  • Make a last will and testament (a “will”) for the principal
  • Change their authority under a power of attorney
  • Consent to adoption of the principal’s children or limit the principal’s parent or guardian rights
  • Have powers that violate laws

There may be further restrictions on an agent’s powers where you live. Experienced attorneys have developed FindLaw’s forms with these restrictions in mind. So, you can rest easy knowing that your power of attorney form will be based on the laws in your state when you purchase it through FindLaw. If you have a complicated situation and would like some additional legal advice, an experienced estate planning attorney near you can help.

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You may want to reach out to a directory attorney if:

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  • You have children with special needs
  • You have other unique family circumstances
  • You have a blended family
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