Interactive Form - General Power of Attorney
This easy to use interactive form will produce a sample General Power of Attorney form. A Power of Attorney (POA) is a legal way to have a person act on your behalf. The POA gives someone else the right to act on your behalf on matters that you list in the POA. The power can be specific to a certain task or can cover many duties, including financial and medical.
The power can start immediately or only after some event occurs, such as if you become mentally incompetent. A Power of Attorney does not take away your right to act on your behalf.
The person who gives the authority to the agent (also called the attorney-in-fact) to act on their behalf is called the principal. The person who receives the authority to act on behalf of someone else is called the agent. This type of POA usually has very broad powers. Note that the forms and instructions are provided only as samples. Speak to your local Judge Advocate General's Corps office.
A Power of Attorney can end either by setting a specific date for it to end, if the agent or principal dies or if the principal revokes it in writing. You can revoke a Power of Attorney by giving written notice to the agent. If a Power of Attorney is durable, and you become incompetent, only the court can revoke it during the time you are incompetent. This could happen if an interested party petitions the court on your behalf, alleging that the attorney-in-fact has violated his or her responsibilities.
The Durable Power of Attorney is a very powerful document. Note that these forms and instructions are provided only as samples. Speak to your local Judge Advocate General's Corps office for more specific information.
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Resource Date: November 2015
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