Several Internet sites offer free power-of-attorney forms online, such as Law Depot and Rocket Lawyer. These sites offer a step-by-step process that guides the visitor through the form, who can then print it when completed.
A power of attorney gives an attorney-in-fact the legal authority to act on the principal’s behalf to carry out various acts such as handling real estate, business and financial matters, explains Law Depot. It also grants a general authority of the attorney-in-fact to make any decisions that the principal would make if the principal was personally present. Power-of-attorney forms are useful for people who travel out of the country, engage in hazardous employment or have been diagnosed with a serious illness, notes Law Depot.