Learn All About California Statutory Power of Attorney

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DoNotPay Breaks Down the California Statutory Power of Attorney

California statutory power of attorney (POA) laws can be difficult to grasp at first, but DoNotPay will help you understand them in no time!

Our article will also explain the different types of POA and show you how to draft a non-statutory POA like a pro!

California Statutory Power of Attorney—The Basics

A California statutory power of attorney is a form issued by the State of CA that authorizes a person (the agent) to handle financial matters and make decisions in another person’s (the principal’s) name. This document is effective immediately and is considered durable unless stated otherwise. A durable power of attorney remains in effect even after the incapacitation of the principal.


A statutory power of attorney differs from a regular POA document in that it’s created by law.

In case the principal wants to change the type of power of attorney, they can choose one of the following:

  1. Limited POA
  2. Springing POA

Limited Power of Attorney

With a limited power of attorney, the principal grants the agent defined and limited powers over specific tasks. They can also give powers to the attorney-in-fact for a specified amount of time.

Springing Power of Attorney

A springing power of attorney comes into effect when one or more physicians confirm that the principal is mentally or physically incapacitated. An attorney-in-fact may also be authorized to determine the incapacitation of the principal, but that’s only the case if the POA document stipulates it.

What Does a Statutory Power of Attorney in California Contain?

The statutory power of attorney form in California contains the following sections:

Section Details
Names Once the principal chooses a person they’ll appoint as their agent, they need to enter the names and the addresses of all parties
Powers This section includes all the powers that are transferred to the agent. The principal needs to choose which ones they want to assign to their attorney-in-fact
Special instructions In the special instructions section of the statutory POA form, the principal needs to state whether they want the POA to be limited or springing
Substitory agents If the principal wants to have more than one person as their agent, they can state so in this section
Notary acknowledgment Once the principal fills out the form, they need to sign it with their agent in front of a notary since it’s required by California law. The notary will add legal weight to the POA by:

  1. Confirming the identities of all signing parties
  2. Making sure that both the agent and the principal are of sound mind and not under any influence
  3. Witnessing the signing
  4. Adding the notary signature

What Powers Does a California Uniform Statutory Power of Attorney Transfer?

A California uniform statutory POA authorizes the attorney-in-fact to make decisions in the principal’s stead regarding:

  • Real property transactions
  • Tangible personal property transactions
  • Stock and bonds
  • Commodity and option transactions
  • Banking and other financial institution transactions
  • Business operating transactions
  • Insurance and annuity transactions
  • Estate, trust, and other beneficiary transactions
  • Claims and litigation
  • Personal and family maintenance
  • Benefits from social security or other governmental programs
  • Retirement plan transactions
  • Tax matters

Where To Get a California Statutory Power of Attorney

If you perform a Google search for a California statutory power of attorney document, several official forms will show up on the first page. It doesn’t matter which one you choose as they’re all drafted under the Uniform Statutory Form Power of Attorney Act Law.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the California Uniform Statutory Power of Attorney

Before getting a California statutory POA, check out the frequently asked questions regarding the document, including:

  1. Does a California statutory POA authorize the agent to make medical decisions?
  2. Can an attorney-in-fact change a will?
  3. Can you revoke a California statutory POA?

Does a California Statutory POA Authorize the Agent To Make Medical Decisions?

A California statutory POA doesn’t authorize the agent to make medical or other healthcare decisions for the principal.

Can an Attorney-in-Fact Change a Will?

The agent named in the California statutory power of attorney cannot change, alter, or revoke the principal’s will.

Can You Revoke a California Statutory POA?

The principal can revoke or terminate the California statutory POA at any time as long as they’re competent.

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