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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?

A power of attorney covers you when the unexpected happens. You may face mental or physical incapacity from an illness or injury or a personal or business matter that places you out of reach. In either case, you need someone to be able to access your finances when you are unable to do so. A power of attorney allows you to choose that person and assign them powers to act on your behalf.

With FindLaw, you can easily create a power of attorney quickly, and from the comfort of your home.

Written by:

Jocelyn Mackie, J.D.

Contributing Author

Reviewed by:

Laura Temme, Esq.

Senior Legal Writer

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 a power of attorney in Idaho

Understand how a POA works in Idaho

power of attorney is a legal document that allows a principal (you) to appoint an agent (or attorney-in-fact) to act on your behalf in a legal capacity. In Idaho, general powers of attorney are presumed durable, meaning they remain in effect regardless of your disability or mental incapacity.

For health care decisions, you can execute a health care power of attorney that allows you to appoint someone to communicate your preferences regarding medical treatment if you are unconscious or lack capacity.

Choose your agent

Consider your agent carefully. You want someone you trust who is also knowledgeable about your current affairs. Many people choose a live-in partner, spouse, close friend, family member, or business partner to fulfill this role. It is also a good idea to choose a successor agent because your primary choice may not be available to act on your power of attorney in the future.

Assign powers

Powers of attorney include a general grant of power (ability to act on your behalf in contractual and legal matters) as well as specific powers, including managing certain financial transactions. You can assign powers by initialing them on the form or crossing out the ones you do not want your agent to address.

Keeping powers of attorney broad ensures your agent can act fully in your place when you cannot do so. However, you can also limit an agent’s duties to specific powers (making deposits into bank accounts) or a single transaction (closing on real estate).

 

Find a notary public

Idaho law requires that the principal signs a power of attorney in front of a notary public. You can find a notary public at most banks and credit unions, or hire a mobile notary to visit you at your home or workplace. If you hire a law firm to draft your power of attorney, a notary public is often available on staff to acknowledge your signature.

Make copies

Once finished, make copies of your power of attorney and provide them to your agent, loved ones, and anyone else affected by it. Keep the original in a safe deposit box or locking fireproof cabinet. Let your agent know where you placed the original.

If you decide to revoke your power of attorney, you can do so by executing a new one, signing a ‘Revocation of Power of Attorney,’ or destroying the original document.

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 Idaho powers of attorney

There are certain situations where a power of attorney may prove critical. They include:

  • Being a member of the armed services
  • Facing a chronic or terminal medical condition
  • Working in a hazardous environment, including exposure to dangerous or toxic chemicals
  • Situations where you need extra help, including real estate closings or business interests

Without a power of attorney, your loved ones face distress and high legal costs. In mental incapacity cases, they may need to file for a conservatorship, where a court appoints someone to manage your property on your behalf. There is no guarantee that the conservator will be someone you trust to understand your affairs. A power of attorney offers reassurance that everything is handled to according to your wishes.

You can find free power of attorney forms online. However, there is no guarantee that they will apply to your situation or have legal authority in Idaho.

Many people find powers of attorney easy to complete. Wage-earners in long-term relationships with mostly joint assets have an easier time than those in more complex situations. If you own a business, face substantial family conflict, or work in a hazardous industry, it is a good idea to seek legal advice and at least have an attorney review your completed form.

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