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West Virginia Power of Attorney Form

A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to give someone else legal authority to make decisions about your money, property, health care, or children's care. 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.

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Do I Really Need a Power of Attorney?

Unlike a last will and testament, a 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, business, real estate, family maintenance, and personal affairs if you face incapacitation or are unavailable.

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.

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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