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REVOCATION OF POWER OF ATTORNEY

I, _________________________ of _________________________, hereby revoke the power of attorney, which was granted by me on the 24th day of November, 2017 and which appointed _________________________ of _________________________ as my attorney-in-fact. _________________________ no longer has the authority to act on my behalf and any authority previously conferred on _________________________ by said power of attorney is revoked, cancelled and terminated as of this 24th day of November, 2017

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal at the city of __________ in the Commonwealth of Virginia this 24th day of November, 2017.

SIGNED, SEALED, AND DELIVERED
in the presence of:


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WITNESS:
Address:____________________________
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WITNESS:
Address:____________________________
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WITNESS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE that:

  1. I witnessed the signing of the Revocation of Power of Attorney of _________________________ dated this 24th day of November, 2017.
  2. I am an adult with capacity to witness the signing of the Revocation of Power of Attorney.
  3. In my opinion, _________________________ had the capacity to understand the nature and effect of the Revocation of Power of Attorney at the time the Revocation of Power of Attorney was signed and he signed it freely and voluntarily without any compulsion or influence from any person.

Signature: __________________________
Name: __________________________
Address: __________________________


WITNESS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE that:

  1. I witnessed the signing of the Revocation of Power of Attorney of _________________________ dated this 24th day of November, 2017.
  2. I am an adult with capacity to witness the signing of the Revocation of Power of Attorney.
  3. In my opinion, _________________________ had the capacity to understand the nature and effect of the Revocation of Power of Attorney at the time the Revocation of Power of Attorney was signed and he signed it freely and voluntarily without any compulsion or influence from any person.

Signature: __________________________
Name: __________________________
Address: __________________________


Instructions for Executing Your Revocation

Before signing your Revocation of Power of Attorney, ensure that you have read it and understand it.

To be valid, you must sign the document using your normal check signing signature. The signing must occur in the presence of your notary or witnesses.

After you have signed your document in front of your notary or witnesses, your notary or witnesses must sign the document in your presence.

Remember that your witnesses cannot be your spouse, partner, child, your attorney-in-fact or alternate attorney-in-fact, or the spouse of your attorney-in-fact or alternate attorney-in-fact. Some jurisdictions disallow witnesses that are mentioned in your will, either as beneficiary or executor/executrix. You should generally avoid having witnesses that have any financial relationship with you. The witnesses must be of legal age in your jurisdiction and they must be mentally capable.


Effecting Your Revocation

To ensure that your revocation is effective, you must give actual notice of your revocation.  This means that the written revocation must be received by the attorney-in-fact and any third party affected by the power of attorney (e.g. financial institutions, land registries, and individuals).  It is therefore insufficient to simply mail out your revocation and assume it has been received.  You must be certain that all relevant parties have actually received the revocation - double-registered mail or personal delivery may be the best option. Furthermore, if your power of attorney gave authority over real estate, it is best to register your revocation with a legal description of the property in the County Clerk's Office or deed registry where the land is located.

Ask your attorney-in-fact to return all of his/her copies of the power of attorney. Mark the words "Revoked" on each copy to ensure that they cannot be used again.

Revocation of Power of Attorney Information

Alternate Names:

  • Revoke Power of Attorney Form
  • POA Revocation

How do I revoke a Power of Attorney?

You can revoke, cancel, or terminate your existing Power of Attorney if you are mentally capable (be of sound mind to make financial and property related decisions) by informing your attorney (also known as the attorney-in-fact, or agent) that you appointed with a written notice stating that their role has ended.

In addition, any third parties that have been dealing with your attorney (e.g. bank or other financial institution) also need to receive written confirmation of the change. If any agency (e.g. County Clerk's Office) has a record of your Power of Attorney, you will also need to provide them with a copy of the revocation.

Why do I need to revoke my Power of Attorney?

You should revoke your Power of Attorney if you want to make any kind of change to the original document. In order to make changes to your Power of Attorney, you will need to make a new document, and provide notice to all parties involved that the original document is being revoked.

If you make a new Power of Attorney document with a different attorney, you still need to issue a written revocation notice to your previous attorney. By issuing your attorney Revocation of Power of Attorney, their ability to make decisions for you will end as soon as they receive the written revocation notice.

To avoid confusion about which Power of Attorney document is valid, the old Power of Attorney should be destroyed once the new document is made.

Do I need to specify why I am revoking my Power of Attorney?

No, you do not need to give a reason as to why you are revoking your Power of Attorney.

When can I revoke a Power of Attorney?

You can revoke a Power of Attorney at any time, as long as you are mentally capable, even if there is a termination date specified in the document.

You may want to revoke a Power of Attorney:

  • If you would like to create a new Power of Attorney
  • If you want to create an Ordinary Power of Attorney instead of Durable, or vice versa
  • The Power of Attorney is no longer necessary and you are able to act on your own behalf
  • If your relationship with your existing attorney or co-agents has changed
  • In the event of bankruptcy
  • In the event of divorce
  • During major life events, such as marriage, a new baby, or selling commercial or residential property
  • Forms Related to Revocation of Power of Attorney:

    • Power of Attorney: A Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone to make short- or long-term financial or property decisions on your behalf.
    • Health Care Directive: A Living Will, or Health Care Directive, specifies your medical preferences in the event that you are unable to articulate your health care preferences yourself.
    • Last Will and Testament: A Last Will and Testament specifies what happens to your assets, debts, properties, and possessions when you pass away.
    • Codicil: A Codicil gives you the ability to make simple changes to your Last Will and Testament.

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