Power Of Attorney Forms

What is a power of attorney form?

A power of attorney is a written legal document giving someone else authority to act on your behalf in matters requiring such written delegation in the power of attorney forms. You can use this document when you want to authorize any individual to handle and receive information for any legal issues such as property, household, assets, lease agreement, child support, etc.

When is it required?

You need this form when you would like to give any individual an authority of receiving your confidential information related to your legal matters or represent you in such case. Basically you are delegating an agent on behalf of you. Such an agent is called an Attorney-in-Fact.

Avoid common errors when preparing a power of attorney

Make sure to clearly identify you and your business entity in the document. Verify your social security number and business identification number on the form and there is no misprinted numbers. If you are preparing for tax purpose, specify the taxable years to be covered. Under the "Acts Authorized" section, specify what you are authorizing your agent to perform, as it will be binding legally what you have written in that section in details. Sign the document at the end. In case of joint power of attorney, then both spouses should sign.

How to File for Power of Attorney

First, choose the agent that you can trust most. As the power of attorney form will grant a broad power to make decisions on behalf of you, it is very important to find someone close to you such as family member, best friend, or attorney.

Then make a draft of a document laying out the specific powers that you are going to delegate to the agent, responsibilities and identity of the agent. You can get an assistance from your attorney on this matter, so that it conforms to the state and federal laws. Once it is done, sign the document and get them notarized. Also make a copy of the entire document before your agent begins to act on your behalf. For any purpose of presenting to your financial institutes, make an extra copy as needed.

File this legal document to the court, as most states will require that the documents be filled with the clerk of state court for the agent to act on any legal transaction on your behalf.

When you decide to prepare a will, you can use Free Will Forms but make sure that you have get the form signed. Any signed document is legally binding, so ask attorney for any questions. For easy downloadable forms, go online and search for Free Legal Forms and you should be able to find many general legal forms and documents such as Living Will, Power of Attorney, Changing Your Will and Rental Agreement Forms.

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