West Virginia Financial Power of Attorney Form
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Do I Really Need a Financial Power of Attorney?
Unlike a last will and testament, a financial power of attorney is effective while you are alive. Once you execute a power of attorney, you can rest assured that someone you trust is legally able to handle financial affairs if you face incapacitation or are unavailable.
Without a power of attorney, your loved ones must file an action in court to appoint a conservator to act on your behalf and manage your financial decisions and affairs. There is no guarantee that this individual will be someone you trust with essential matters, so it is best to be sure by executing a power of attorney.
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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.
Answer Some Questions
Decide who your agent will be and what authority you want them to have. Then, simply answer a few questions.
Create an Account
Creating an account is easy, quick, and secure. Save your information as you go and return when you have time.
Complete Your Document
Once you answer the relevant questions, we do the hard part and create your unique document.
Print, Sign & Make It Legal
Print and sign your document following the instructions. This may include signing in front of witnesses or a notary.
How To Get a West Virigina Power of Attorney
Understand how a POA works in West Virginia
A durable power of attorney is a legal document that grants authority to another person to handle your financial, real estate, family maintenance, business, and other day-to-day affairs. The person appointed to this position is called the agent or attorney-in-fact. You, as the one executing the power of attorney, are the principal.
West Virginia recognizes two types of powers of attorney: the durable power of attorney discussed under the Uniform Power of Attorney Act and medical powers of attorney addressed in the West Virginia Health Care Decisions Act. Durable powers of attorney remain effective despite your disability or incapacity and are often a good back-up if that occurs to you. Powers of attorney are durable unless stated otherwise in the document. (See WV Code section 39B-1-105).
Durable powers of attorney can be as broad or limited as you wish. For example, you may appoint one agent (a business partner) to handle your small business while a different individual (your spouse or live-in partner) handles bank accounts, mortgages, and childcare. You may also draft powers of attorney for specific events. For example, if you are abroad and need someone to buy a company car, a power of attorney may limit authority to that specific transaction.
Choose your agent
Your agent should be knowledgeable about your daily affairs and transactions. People often choose a spouse, close friend, live-in partner, family member, or business partner to act in this capacity. Consider selecting a successor agent, too, if your primary choice cannot perform the duties assigned to them due to their own unavailability.
Choose the scope of the power of attorney
Decide which specific powers to assign to your agent. Your form may generally summarize them or provide a list to initial or cross out. Article 2 of the Uniform Power of Attorney Act defines these duties in more detail so you can make an informed choice about your agent’s authority. Most people choose to assign broad powers to their agent unless they are drafting a power of attorney for a specific transaction.
Execute the power of attorney
In order for your power of attorney to become effective, you must sign it in front of a notary public. You can find notaries at your local financial institutions (you may need to be a customer of the bank) or hire a mobile notary. Some print and mail businesses also keep notary publics on staff to serve the public for a fee.
Have your agent sign the certification
The agent certification is not required for an enforceable power of attorney, but it removes all doubt on whether your agent is available and able to act. It also adds credibility to your power of attorney if anyone believes you were not of sound mind or coerced into executing it. Provide this certification to your agent to sign in front of a notary. Ask them to return the original to you once they finish this step.
Once finalized, place the power of attorney in a safe place, like a safe deposit box or a fireproof locking file cabinet in your home office. Provide copies to your agent, loved ones, and anyone else affected by the power of attorney.
If you wish to revoke your power of attorney, you can do so by executing a new one, signing a document titled ‘Revocation of Power of Attorney”, or destroying it.
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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West Virginia Financial Power of Attorney FAQ
A power of attorney is helpful to anyone as it provides a back-up if anything happens to you. However, there are also circumstances where a power of attorney becomes essential. These include:
- Recent chronic or terminal illness diagnosis
- Frequent long-term international travel
- High-risk occupations that involve hazardous work conditions or exposure to toxic or harmful chemicals
- Situations that require help managing real estate or business interests
If you face any of these possibilities, a power of attorney can ensure your business affairs and financial transactions continue if you become unable to manage them yourself. The agent you appoint in a power of attorney can pay bills, keep your business running (so it generates income), and manage family maintenance expenses. Hence, everything moves forward even when you are unavailable.
West Virginia estate planning attorneys charge $100 to $300 an hour to draft and finalize powers of attorney and offer legal advice. You can save money on attorney fees by purchasing a DIY power of attorney form through a service like FindLaw. Our power of attorney forms are only $35.
FindLaw is not a law firm, and the forms are not a substitute for the advice or services of an attorney. If you have specific legal questions while filling out your form, or you want an attorney to review it once it is complete, you can always hire a lawyer to do only those things.
You can find free power of attorney forms online. However, they often do not come with instructions, and they require additional formatting. You also have no idea if they are appropriate for your situation or enforceable in West Virginia.
Financial power of attorney forms are self-explanatory and easy to complete if your situation is standard, e.g., you are a wage earner in a long-term stable relationship with average obligations. However, if you face substantial family conflict, own a business, frequently travel for business, or face hazards in your employment environment, consider hiring an attorney. Have them at least review your power of attorney before you sign it.
If you hire an attorney, not only do you receive estate planning advice and the reassurance that your documents are enforceable; you also have access to notary publics and other staff members who make it easier to execute a power of attorney.
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