To understand what a Durable Power of Attorney is, let us first define what Power of Attorney Forms are. A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows a person to appoint someone else to carry out certain tasks for them, or to legally step into their shoes as specified in the form. Any Power of Attorney can be made durable. A Durable Power of Attorney is one that is used in the event that the person becomes mentally incompetent to make decisions for himself, in which case, the appointed person will then step in and make certain decisions for him. A Durable Power of Attorney is mainly used for two purposes – financial and medical.

General Durable Power of Attorney Form

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Durable Medical Power of Attorney Form

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Durable Financial Power of Attorney Form

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Blank Durable Power of Attorney Form

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Free Blank Durable Power of Attorney Form

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Financial Durable Power of Attorney Form

Financial Durable Power of Attorney Forms are used to appoint someone else to manage your finances for you in the event that you become incapacitated or mentally incompetent to do so. The agent or appointed person can then make decisions for your government benefits, investments, retirement plan, real estate, and insurance among others.

Medical Durable Power of Attorney Form

This is a type of Health Care Directive used to appoint someone to make health care or medical decisions for you when you are unable to make those decisions for yourself. Unlike a Living Will, which is also a form of Health Care Directive, this does not necessarily specify your preferences for medical treatment, but only appoints someone to make those decisions for you. However, combining those two can really help to ensure that your medical treatment is going to go exactly as planned and are in accordance with your personal values.

Free Durable Power of Attorney Form

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Health Care Durable Power of Attorney Form

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Printable Durable Power of Attorney Form

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Editable Durable Power of Attorney Form

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What’s Included in a Durable Power of Attorney?

  • State your name and the name of the agent or appointee.
  • Indicate the effective date. For a Financial Durable Power of Attorney, you may choose for the form to be effective upon signing it or when you become incapacitated.
  • State the extent and limitations of the powers of the agent or appointee.
  • Include any special instructions and additional provisions, if any.
  • Affix your signature and those of the witnesses and the notary to make it official.

Always make sure that you speak with your agent before you draw up a Durable Power of Attorney. This is to ensure that they are well aware of the possibility and to make sure that they can duly perform the tasks stipulated in the Durable Power of Attorney. This is also so you can talk to them about your wishes and preferences for them to carry those out for you, because they will be handling two very important aspects of a person’s life – their health and their finances. You have to make sure that your agent is someone whom you can trust and knows you well. You may also see our Health Care Power of Attorney Forms for more samples.

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