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A do-it-yourself power of attorney form that’s easy to personalize

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All the forms you need to create a personal estate plan

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Last will and testament
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Power of attorney
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Do I really need a power of attorney?

A power of attorney is for those “just-in-case” moments. An accident or illness can render you incapacitated and unable to act on your own behalf. If that occurs, you need someone to act for you.

If you do not have a power of attorney and cannot manage your affairs, your loved ones may have to pursue a conservatorship. This drawn-out process asks the court to appoint a conservator to manage your financial matters for you. Not only do these actions take a long time, but your loved ones will pay exorbitant legal fees. It is easier and less expensive to execute a power of attorney.

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

Understand how a POA works in Kentucky

power of attorney is a legal document where a principal (you) appoints an agent or attorney-in-fact to act on their behalf. In Kentucky, powers of attorney are durable unless stated otherwise. ‘Durable’ means a power of attorney remains effective no matter your disability or mental incapacity.

A durable power of attorney assigns broad powers to the agent so they can act entirely on your behalf. These powers include:

  • Financial affairs
  • Fiduciary obligations
  • Retirement plan management
  • Real estate transactions

You can also execute a limited power of attorney, which limits powers to a group of transactions (like financial matters) or a single transaction (business purchase).

Another type of power of attorney allows you to appoint an agent to communicate your medical treatment preferences when you cannot do so. It is called a living will or health care power of attorney.

Choose your agent

Consider your agent choice carefully. You need to choose someone you trust to act in your best interest. Many people choose their spouse, partner, close friend, or business associate to fulfill this role. Consider selecting a successor agent in case your primary choice cannot perform the duties listed in the power of attorney in the future.

Assign duties to your agent

If you want your agent to act on your behalf in all things, assign broad powers to them so they can complete those transactions. You do not want to limit authority so much that they cannot accomplish needed tasks. Another approach is to appoint two agents and assign them different responsibilities based on expertise. For example, you may want your spouse to manage personal bank accounts, choose your children’s daycare, and pay your home mortgage while your business partner manages operations and makes significant business purchases.

Find two witnesses

Before you sign a power of attorney, find two witnesses who can sign it with you. These individuals cannot have any interest in your estate as a beneficiary. If you hire a law firm, your attorney’s staff members will act as your witnesses.

Hire a notary public

Besides witnesses, state law also requires your power of attorney to contain a notary acknowledgment. Since it can be challenging to schedule your witnesses and notary simultaneously, consider hiring a mobile notary who can visit your home or office. If you go through a law office, they will have a notary public on staff.

Sign the power of attorney

Once you find witnesses and a notary public, you can sign your power of attorney. They will need to see you sign it, and then they will add their signatures and acknowledgments.

Make copies

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

If you decide to revoke the power of attorney, you may do so by executing a new power of attorney, signing a revocation of power of attorney, or destroying the 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 powers of attorney in Kentucky

You can find free power of attorney forms online. However, there is no guarantee that they will be appropriate for your situation or compliant with Kentucky state laws.

Most people can complete a power of attorney on their own. However, if your situation is complex, it is wise to consult with a lawyer before you finalize a power of attorney. For example, you should consider working with a lawyer if you run a small business or face family conflict.

There are some benefits to working with a lawyer. If you hire a law firm, you have access to disinterested witnesses and notary publics, which makes executing a power of attorney easier. It never hurts to contact a lawyer to address all of your estate planning needs.

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