What Form Is Used for Power of Attorney?


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General power of attorney forms vary, according to the American Bar Association. Because power of attorney is granted for a range of situations, the form may need to be tailored to specific needs. States also differ in their legal requirements, and most states have their own form.

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The general power of attorney form clearly states the relationship between a principal and an agent, and allows the agent to act on the principal's behalf in regard to legal, financial and business decisions. The durable power of attorney form states powers granted to the agent stay in effect throughout the principal's life. However, not all power of attorney forms have to be general or durable. The powers given to the agent by the principal can be broad or specific, according to the American Bar Association. The principal can tailor a specific form to limit the agent's powers to a particular set or type of transactions, and may include a time limit for how long he may act as an agent, whether he receives payment for acting on the principal's behalf, and under what circumstances the power of attorney can be revoked. Many states require one to two witness signatures on their power of attorney forms, as well as a notary's stamp and signature.

A general power of attorney form does not include health care or medical decisions, states Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid. States have medical directive forms that can be tailored to suit the needs of those making health care decisions.

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