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Massachusetts Power of Attorney Template

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?

If you face a situation where you may need someone to handle finances on your behalf, a power of attorney is your solution. This essential legal document often becomes an integral part of your estate plan. It can also fill gaps if you are unavailable and someone needs to make decisions and finish transactions on your behalf.

A power of attorney provides backup if anything happens to you, including incapacity due to accident injuries. It can also help when you are traveling abroad and need someone to handle your domestic finances. In some circumstances, a power of attorney is vital such as situations involving terminal illness, high-risk employment, and military service.

Suppose you do not execute a power of attorney, and you become incapacitated. In that case, your loved ones must file a court action to determine a conservator to carry out your financial affairs. There is no guarantee the court will choose someone you trust, and the process is expensive and emotionally harrowing on your loved ones. You can avoid this scenario by securing a power of attorney through FindLaw.

Don’t leave before downloading the free Massachusetts Power of Attorney Template. This is available in PDF format you can get the document without any opt-in or charge.

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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 power of attorney in Massachusetts

Understand how a POA works in Massachusetts

A power of attorney allows you to appoint someone to act on your behalf in financial matters. The person you select is called an agent or attorney-in-fact. You, as the person executing the power of attorney, are the principal.

Massachusetts recognizes durable powers of attorney, which address financial matters. For health care, you need to draft and sign a medical power of attorney (called a health care proxy in Massachusetts). That document allows you to appoint someone to make healthcare decisions on your behalf. You can create one through our health care directive and living will service.

Choose an agent

Start by considering who you wish to appoint as your agent or attorney-in-fact. You want someone knowledgeable of your financial situation and life in general and willing to look out for your best interest. Many people appoint their spouse, live-in partner, business associate, close friend, or family member. Choose a successor agent in case your primary choice is not able to serve in this role.

Choose the scope

The scope of a power of attorney refers to the duties assigned to your agent. Massachusetts forms typically include a section where you can designate specific powers, like trust management, retirement account transactions, fiduciary responsibilities, or life insurance beneficiary designations. If you see powers you prefer not to transfer to your agent, cross out those sections or paragraphs.

Sign your document in front of a notary

A notary public adds their acknowledgement to your signature after verifying your identity. This helps prevent anyone from challenging your power of attorney document.

Have your agent sign the acceptance

Your power of attorney may include a section called “Acceptance by Agent.” While this acceptance is not required, it adds reassurance that your agent is aware of their appointment and is willing to act.

Make copies

Make copies of your power of attorney and provide them to your agent and any individuals or businesses affected by it (like your bank). Place the original in a locked fireproof cabinet or safe deposit box.

Once you execute a power of attorney, you can change it at any time or revoke it. The easiest way to modify your power of attorney is to execute a new one and make sure it revokes the previous document. If you wish to revoke your power of attorney, you can either destroy it or execute a document called a 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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Common questions about powers of attorney in Massachusetts

Free legal forms rarely come with instructions, and their creators do not customize them to your state’s legal requirements. You do not know if your end product is enforceable in Massachusetts. Saving money on a free form is not worth the risk of your family spending more money on an attorney and conservatorship proceeding should you become incapacitated.

If you are a wage earner in a long-term stable relationship and own few assets, your power of attorney is relatively simple, and you can likely complete it on your own.

But if you own a business, frequently travel due to business, face family conflict, or work in hazardous environments, you should hire an attorney for a power of attorney and all of your estate planning documents. These circumstances make it more critical that your power of attorney document is correct and legally binding.

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