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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 Oregon?

A power of attorney lets you choose a person to manage your financial affairs, pay your bills, and care for your property. If you do not have one when you become incapacitated, an Oregon court likely will intervene and appoint a guardian and conservator for you.

A court may appoint someone who does not understand your beliefs or how you want your finances managed. The court process can be expensive and time-consuming. It also can cause additional stress for your loved ones and potential arguments between family members.

You also might need a power of attorney when you are healthy. For example, you might want to give a financial advisor the legal authority to manage your investments, or you might need someone to handle a transaction for you if you are out of state.

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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 Oregon

Understand how a POA works in Oregon

A power of attorney is a legal document. It allows one person (the principal) to give another person (the agent or attorney-in-fact) the legal authority to make decisions and act on the principal’s behalf. When your agent uses your power of attorney, their actions and decisions will be legally binding on you. Learn the different types of powers of attorney in our FAQ below.

Powers of attorney in Oregon are limited to finances, property, and personal affairs. If you want someone to make health care decisions for you, you will need to create an advance directive to name a health care representative.

Select an agent

When choosing an agent, you must choose someone you trust because your agent’s actions will be legally binding on you. If you use a general power of attorney, your agent will have broad authority to access your bank accounts and property. They should be responsible with money and property and comfortable interacting with financial institutions.

If you want your power of attorney to be effective when you are incapacitated, you should designate one or more successor agents. A successor agent will take over if the previous agent cannot serve.

Give authority to your agent

When filling out your form, you need to decide how much power to give your agent. Be careful not to limit you agent’s powers too much if you want them to act when you are incapacitated. Giving your agent broad and flexible authority will help them deal with unexpected circumstances.

Sign your power of attorney document

Unlike many states, Oregon does not require you to use witnesses or use a notary public. However, you should sign and date your power of attorney and ask a notary public to notarize it. A notarized document carries more weight with banks and other businesses, so your agent will have an easier time proving they have authority to act on your behalf if it is notarized.

Store it in a safe place and give copies to necessary parties

After you sign your power of attorney, give it to your agent and store a copy in safe place. You can give copies to businesses and banks that will deal with your agent. However, if you later revoke your power of attorney, you should let them know that your agent no longer has authority to act for you.

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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Commonly asked questions about powers of attorney in Oregon

In Oregon, there are different types of powers of attorney you should know about:

  • General power of attorney: Gives your agent broad authority
  • Limited power of attorney: Gives your agent limited authority to do a specific act or handle one type of transaction
  • Durable power of attorney: Stays in effect when you are incapacitated
  • Nondurable power of attorney: Terminates when you are incapacitated
  • Springing power of attorney: Only becomes effective on a specific date or when a future event, such as incapacity, happens

You can find free power of attorney forms online, but many of these are not tailored to a specific state’s laws. Even if it says it is an Oregon power of attorney, it might not comply with current Oregon law. It is safer to use a form from a reliable site that updates its forms when laws change.

You do not need a lawyer to make a power of attorney in Oregon. You can use an easy-to-complete form like the one FindLaw offers if you know who your agent will be and what powers you want to give them.

However, if you have a complicated family situation or have legal questions, you can ask an Oregon estate planning attorney for legal advice. An attorney can review your form or draft a power of attorney for you.

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