Washington Power of Attorney Form
A long trip abroad, an incapacitating accident, or simply having too many things on your plate at once may require you to appoint someone else to act on your behalf. You can do this by signing a power of attorney. FindLaw has partnered with US Legal to provide low-cost power of attorney forms that can be completed at your convenience. Use our guided process to customize, print, and sign your legally-valid document, fast! Get started by finding the right form for your needs.
Do I Really Need a Power of Attorney?
A durable power of attorney is a reasonable precaution for the unexpected. You may become incapacitated due to injuries you sustain in an accident or rendered temporarily unavailable while you work or travel abroad. In either situation, you need a power of attorney so your daily affairs (like working with financial institutions or paying bills) continue.
There are also situations where a power of attorney is essential. These may include:
- Service in the armed forces
- Recent terminal or chronic illness diagnosis
- Frequent travel abroad
- Work in hazardous conditions or around dangerous chemicals
- Short term finance, business, or real estate transactions
If you do not execute a power of attorney, it puts your life on hold. For cases involving incapacity, your loved ones must file an action in probate court to appoint a conservator to handle your financial, real estate, business, and family maintenance matters. If that occurs, you have no guarantee that the court will appoint your first choice to act in that capacity, and you will force your loved ones to undergo financial and emotional hardship.
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