Power of Attorney Information Package


Glossary of Terms
General Information
The Attorney/Attorney-in-fact
Start, End, and Revocation of Power of Attorney
Powers
Signing Details
Other Considerations
Filling-out LawDepot’s Power of Attorney Form
Section 1 – Governing Law

When selecting the governing law, select the nation and state, province, territory, or country where the document will actually be used.

For example, if the Power of Attorney will be used to manage property in California, select “USA” as the nation, and “California” as the state.

Section 2 – Principal

This section is used to record information about the Principal (i.e.: the person who wants someone else to act for him or her). In most cases, this person filling out the form will be the Principal.

Section 3 – Attorney-in-fact

This section is used to record information about the Attorney(s)-in-fact (i.e.: the person or people who will be acting on behalf of the Principal).

Begin by selecting the number of Attorneys-in-fact you wish to appoint. You may appoint up to three.

If you only wish to appoint one Attorney-in-fact, you will be asked whether or not you wish to appoint an Alternate Attorney-in-fact. An Alternate Attorney-in-fact is someone who will take the place of the original Attorney-in-fact in the event that he or she is no longer willing or able to act as your Attorney-in-fact. If you wish to appoint an Alternate Attorney-in-fact, select “Yes,” and fill in the required information. If not, select “No,” and proceed to the next step.

If you appoint more than one Attorney-in-fact, you will have to specify whether you want the Attorneys-in-fact to be Joint Attorneys-in-fact or Joint & Independent Attorneys-in-fact. Joint Attorneys-in-fact must agree and act together. If one of the Attorneys-in-fact disagrees, no action can be taken under the Power of Attorney. Joint & Independent Attorneys-in-fact may act jointly or independently of one another.

Section 4 – Type of Power of Attorney

If you wish to create a Power of Attorney that becomes invalid upon the mental incapacity of the Principal, select “Ordinary.”

If you wish to create a Power of Attorney that remains valid even after the mental incapacity of the Principal, select “Durable.”

Both types of Power of Attorney become invalid if the Principal dies.

Section 5 – Attorney-in-fact Powers

This section allows you to specify what powers you wish to grant your Attorney-in-fact. If you wish to create a “general” Power of Attorney, which will grant your Attorney-in-fact authorization to act on your behalf in all financial and property-related matters, simply click the “Select All” button. If you click this button by mistake, you may click “Clear All” to undo it.

If you wish to limit your Attorney-in-fact to only performing certain actions, select only the individual actions you wish to authorize him or her to perform from the list.

If you wish to assign additional powers that are not listed, you may use the blank fields at the end of this section.

You cannot use LawDepot’s Power of Attorney form to transfer custody of your children, nor can you use it to give your Attorney-in-fact the power to make medical or other healthcare decisions for you or your children.

Section 6 – Do you wish to put restrictions on your attorney-in-fact?

If you wish to put restrictions on your Attorney-in-fact, select “Yes.” You may then select either (or both) of the options from the list. You may also add additional restrictions by using the blank fields in this section.

If you do not wish to put restrictions on your Attorney-in-fact, select “No,” and proceed to the next step.

Section 7 – Other Attorney-in-fact Issues

This section lets you clarify other issues that apply to your Attorney-in-fact, such as whether or not you are able to co-own property together, and whether or not your Attorney-in-fact will be paid for their work. To complete this section, simply choose “Yes” or “No” for each of the questions.

Section 8 – Termination of the Power of Attorney

If you would like to set a specific end time or event for the Power of Attorney, select “Yes,” and provide the details in the space provided.

If you do not wish to set a specific end time or event for the Power of Attorney, select “No,” and proceed to the next step.

Section 9 – Signing Details

This section is used to record the signing details necessary to make the Power of Attorney legally valid. As these requirements vary by jurisdiction, the questions and options that you see will depend on the jurisdiction that you have selected as the governing law.

To complete this section, simply provide your desired answer for each of the questions that you are presented with.


Purchasing a Power of Attorney License
Licensing Options
Single Use License

A single use license allows you to change, edit, save, download, and print the Power of Attorney for a period of two weeks. Most customers will find that a single use license provides them with enough time and flexibility to complete and print a customized Power of Attorney form.

Multiple Use License

A multiple use license allows you to change, edit, save, download, and print the Power of Attorney for a period of one full year. This option provides you with greater flexibility and allows you to take more time to prepare your answers.

Required Questions

The following are the only questions that must be answered before you purchase a Power of Attorney License:

For the USA:

Governing Law State:
Principal State:
Signing Details State:

For Canada:

Governing Law Province/Territory:
Information of Donor Province/Territory:
Signing Details Province/Territory:

For the United Kingdom:

Governing Law Country:
Information of Donor Country:
Signing Details Country:

For Australia:

Governing Law State/Territory:

Additional Services
Accuracy Review

Our experienced staff reviews your submitted answers and selections for completeness, consistency, and spelling/grammatical errors. You will receive the reviewed document in HTML format within 2 business days after payment is received.

Legal Information Service

Our experienced staff will research an unlimited number of specific legal questions for the Power of Attorney for a period of two weeks.


 

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