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Choose someone to act in financial matters on your behalf by executing a power of attorney (POA). FindLaw’s guided process means you can complete your own POA quickly and easily.

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Do I really need a power of attorney in Arkansas?

A power of attorney (POA) allows continued decision-making should you become incapacitated. Even if you are incapacitated due to illness or injury or unable to manage affairs because you are abroad or out of cellphone range, life goes on. Someone still needs to pay your bills, manage bank accounts, complete real estate transactions, and address other items that arise in everyday life. If you want general reassurance that your transactions continue even if you cannot handle them, then you should execute a POA. After all, we never know when a sudden accident or illness may stop us in our tracks!

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How it works

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

Create an account

Create a secure account which is accessible through an easy dashboard you can access any time

Gather information

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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How to get an Arkansas power of attorney

Understand how a POA works in Arkansas

A POA is a legal document that allows you to delegate financial duties to another individual. The person who executes the POA is called the principal. The principal appoints an agent to carry out these affairs on their behalf. Another term for an agent is an attorney-in-fact.

A durable or general power of attorney will not address healthcare decisions. If you want an agent for medical matters, you need a medical power of attorney (also called a health care directive or living will). Powers of attorney are not effective after death. You need a last will and testament to allow someone to manage your estate when you pass away.

Choose your agent

Your agent must be over the age of 18 and have the ability to make good choices on your behalf. Many people choose their spouse or adult child to carry out these responsibilities, but you can also select a friend, live-in partner, or another relative. If you choose a spouse or live-in partner, also designate an alternate agent if you and your partner or spouse are incapacitated at the same time.

Delegate duties to your agent

You can grant general authority to your agent, including managing financial, business, litigation, family maintenance, retirement account, and other matters. If you want to limit your agent’s duties, make that clear on the form by either crossing out listed tasks (and initialing them) or defining what you want in the “special instructions” section.

Find a notary public

Your POA must have your signature and a notary seal to be enforceable. You can find notaries among your friends or family members or by visiting your local banking branch. Many print and mail establishments also offer notary services for a fee.

Make copies

Make copies and put the original POA in a safe place, preferably a safety deposit box or fireproof file cabinet. Provide a copy to your agent and let loved ones know you have a POA.

Once drafted, you can revoke a power of attorney by executing a new one that explicitly replaces a prior one or signing and notarizing a signed revocation.

You may want to speak with a lawyer if:

  • You don’t know who to choose as your agent
  • You want to use a POA for Medicaid planning
  • You want to discuss which powers you should give your agent
  • You want legal review of your completed power of attorney
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Frequently asked questions about Arkansas power of attorney forms

Yes. There are free forms all over the Internet. However, they may not include a notary acknowledgment or be appropriate for your situation. If you are frequently out of the country, exposed to hazardous conditions, or run a business, you must be sure that you find an enforceable form like the ones we offer.

You can likely draft a power of attorney without an attorney’s assistance. However, consider calling an attorney for legal advice and scheduling a review before signing and notarizing it. That will ensure your power of attorney is enforceable and prevent costly legal mistakes in the long run.

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