There are instances wherein we are unable to do our daily tasks and responsibilities, and emergencies or accidents that occur can leave us debilitated. It is better that we are prepared for these times, and that we appoint someone who can act on our behalf if we are unable to do so.

A Power of Attorney Form does just that. It allows a person to appoint someone else to act on his behalf. It is important to know what kind of Power of Attorney you need before drafting one. You may see more information and samples below for your perusal, or browse through our other Power of Attorney Forms for more samples.

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What Is a Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows a person, called the principal, to appoint someone else, called the agent, to act or make decisions on his behalf, or perform a specific task for him. There are many different kinds of Power of Attorney Forms depending on the extent of authority of the agent, the purpose, and the effectivity. Power of Attorney Forms can be drafted for financial, educational, and medical purposes. The authority of the agent can either be general or limited. Lastly, the effectivity of a Power of Attorney Form can either be durable or springing. You can see our Simple Power of Attorney Forms for more samples.

General Parts of a Power of Attorney Form

  • Principal: This is the person drafting the Power of Attorney Form, whose wishes are to be carried out by the agent.
  • Agent: Also called the attorney-in-fact; this is the person appointed by the principal, and the one who carries out the wishes and tasks specified by the principal.
  • Effective Date: This can be at the moment the principal signs the Power of Attorney Form, the moment the principal becomes mentally incompetent to make his own decisions, or at a specific point in time specified by the principal.
  • Duties and Responsibilities of the Agent: This can vary depending on the specifications of the principal and the main purpose of the Power of Attorney. It is important that the duties and responsibilities of the agent are specified and limitations are provided, if any. The principal can also add any other stipulations that he deems necessary and reasonable.
  • Witnesses: This can be added to the Power of Attorney Form so that it will be more legally binding. You can also see our Power of Attorney Documents for samples.

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Power of Attorney Health Care Forms

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Guidelines in Writing a Power of Attorney Form

  • Before you even begin drafting a Power of Attorney Form, you have to first decide what kind of Power of Attorney Form you need and which would fit the specifications that you would require. For example, if you need someone else to help you with your financial responsibilities in a company, you may want to draft a Financial Power of Attorney Form.
  • After you have decided what type of Power of Attorney Form you need, you can then think of who your agent/s would be. When drafting a General Power of Attorney, it is best to choose agents whom you trust, and one who understands your personal values and preferences, like your spouse, friends, and family. It is also important to figure out if you would need more than one agent in the event that your main agent would be unable or unwilling to perform the duties and responsibilities you have requested.
  • Once you have decided who your agents will be, you would then need to meet with them to discuss your wishes and intent on appointing them as your agent. This is important so that the agent can prepare and be ready to carry out your wishes or requests.
  • You would then need to draft your Power of Attorney Form with all the parts and details indicated on the first section of this article. After you have done so, it is important to proofread your form and let your lawyer go over it as well to make sure that it has everything you need for the form to be enforceable and legally binding.
  • After you have perfected your Power of Attorney Form, you should then sign it in the presence of a witness or two, depending on state requirements, and a notary public for the form to be recorded. The witnesses and notary public would also need to affix their signatures on the form.

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Types of Power of Attorney Forms

  • According to level of control or authority of agent

For this category, a Power of Attorney Form can either be a general or limited. A General Power of Attorney Form is one where the scope and control of the agent is broader, such is the case with a Health Care or Medical Power of Attorney. A Limited Power of Attorney Form is one wherein the duties and tasks to be performed by the agent, in behalf of the principal, are specified and limited only. This is usually when a specific or one task has to be done, like signing a contract in behalf of the principal.

  • According to effectivity

For this category, a Power of Attorney Form can either be springing or durable. A Springing Power of Attorney Form is one that becomes effective only at the time the principal becomes mentally incompetent. A Durable Power of Attorney Form is one that becomes effective even after the principal becomes mentally incompetent, but it can become effective at any point in time specified by the principal.

  • According to main purpose

For this category, a Power of Attorney Form can either be financial, medical, or educational. A Financial Power of Attorney is one that is used to appoint someone to perform responsibilities related to a person’s financial and legal responsibilities. A Medical or Health Care Power of Attorney is one that is used to appoint someone to make decisions and facilitate a person’s medical treatment in the event that he would be mentally incapable to do so. This type of Power of Attorney is typically springing and general in nature. An Educational Power of Attorney is used to appoint someone, usually a parent or legal guardian, to perform the tasks necessary for the continued learning of a minor or incapable adult, with the exclusion of actual schoolwork. These tasks may include enrollment and retrieving the records of the student.

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