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What is a General Power of Attorney?
A General Power of Attorney is an instrument authorizing one person to act on the behalf of another, including signing legal documents and making legal decisions, writing checks, or other household matters . A Power of Attorney is appointed to act on your behalf in the event you became ill or disabled, or if you need to travel and matters need to be completed at home, etc.
The person granting the authorization is called the principal. The person authorized to act on the principal's behalf is called the attorney-in-fact or agent. The term attorney-in-fact should not be confused with an attorney-at-law. One need not be a lawyer to serve as an attorney-in-fact under a Power of Attorney.
With a General Power of Attorney, your Attorney-in-Fact is authorized to undertake any acts you can do. For example, legal, business and financial matters, opening checking accounts, withdrawing funds from accounts, signing documents to sell your home, etc.
A General Power of Attorney does not have the authority to:
- 1. Delegate rights or duties which are personal in nature. For example, a judge could not delegate his or her judicial function.
- 2. Make or revoke wills or living wills.
- 3. Enter into marriage contracts or initiate divorce.
If you want to limit your Attorney-in-Facts's powers; for example, you want to delegate only the powers to undertake all acts necessary to complete the sale of your home located at 123 Main Street, do not use this form, but use the Special Power of Attorney.
To create a General Power of Attorney, complete the Questionnaire below.
INFORMATION REGARDING THE PARTIES
Please enter the following information about the person who is granting the Power of Attorney and the person who will act as the Attorney-in-Fact, and please make sure that all entries are spelled correctly.
Enter the name and address of the person who is granting the Power of Attorney (the "Principal").
Enter the name and address of the person who is being given the Power of Attorney (the "Agent").
INFORMATION REGARDING NOTARIZATION OF THE GENERAL POWER OF ATTORNEY
Many banks, other financial institutions, title insurance companies, etc., will not honor the Power of Attorney unless they are certain of the genuineness of your signature. Any Power of Attorney which deals with the transfer of real estate also must be notarized because the Power of Attorney needs to be recorded along with the document transfer documents. Therefore, it is recommended that this document be notarized - otherwise your Power of Attorney may not be honored when you need it most; i.e., when you are unavailable for whatever reason.
Enter the County and State where the Power of Attorney will be signed.
This completes the information input for your General Power of Attorney. When you Send this Form, this program will prepare a Summary of the General Power of Attorney for your review. Make sure that all facts stated in the Summary are correct in all respects.
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