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Do I really need a power of attorney in Maryland?

At the very least, you need a power of attorney (POA) in case of the unexpected. If an accident renders you incapacitated or business abroad makes you unreachable by friends or business partners, a POA ensures your financial matters can be addressed. Your bills will get paid and any dependents won’t suffer from a lack of income.

A power of attorney ensures your important matters move forward, even if something happens to you. You can create one today through our easy-to-follow process.

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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 a Maryland power of attorney

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Learn about Maryland’s POA laws

power of attorney is a legal document where a principal (you) appoints an agent or attorney-in-fact to act in your place. Once executed, most powers of attorney remain in effect as long as you are alive. Any powers of attorney that remain effective when you are incapacitated are durable powers of attorney.

Unlike a last will and testament, which manages your affairs after your death, a power of attorney ensures your affairs continue if you are ill, incapacitated, unavailable, or require assistance with a single transaction.

Maryland recognizes two types of powers of attorney: general or limited. A general power of attorney grants the agent authority to handle all business, financial, real estate, and personal matters on behalf of the principal. A limited power of attorney limits the agent’s authority to a few duties or one transaction.

Choose an agent

Choose your agent (or attorney-in-fact) carefully. You want someone who looks out for your best interest and knows your essential matters (e.g., whether you have a mortgage, how many credit cards you have, etc.). Many people choose their spouse, live-in partner, best friend, or business associate to act in this capacity. Choose a successor agent, too, if your first choice is ever unable to perform their duties as attorney-in-fact.

Choose the agent’s duties

A power of attorney lists specific powers and duties for your attorney-in-fact. They include real property transactions, financial matters, tangible personal property management, insurance issues, fiduciary duties, and other items that may arise. (A durable power of attorney does not address health care decisions. For that, you visit our page on health care directives and living wills) If you wish to limit powers, either cross out those sections in a power of attorney or, if your form lists powers and requires you to initial the authorized ones, either cross them out or only initial the authorized powers.

Sign in front of witnesses and a notary public

Maryland law requires you to sign a power of attorney in front of a notary public and two witnesses. All of these individuals must see you sign the document before they sign their acknowledgments. You can find a notary public at your local bank branch or hire a mobile notary.

Make copies

Once finished, make copies of your power of attorney and distribute them to your agent, family members, and anyone else affected by it. Store the original in a safe deposit box or a fireproof filing cabinet.

If you need to revoke or change your power of attorney, you can either create a new one or sign a revocation of power of attorney.

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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Maryland powers of attorney commonly asked questions

Free power of attorney forms are available online. However, they do not come with instructions, and there is no guarantee that they are enforceable in Maryland.

If you are a wage-earner in a long-term relationship and most of your assets are jointly-owned, you will find a power of attorney easy to complete.

You should consider hiring a lawyer if your situation is more complicated. People who own businesses and substantial assets, and face higher-than-average family conflict, should hire an attorney for estate planning documents (including a power of attorney). These situations create greater risk if a power of attorney does not meet Maryland’s legal requirements.

Also, hiring an attorney can make execution easier for people who don’t have witnesses immediately available. While you may struggle to find and schedule two witnesses and a notary public on your own, a law firm has witnesses and notary publics available. Law firm staff make effective witnesses because they do not benefit from your estate. Search FindLaw’s directory to find a Maryland estate planning attorney today.

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