What Are the Different Types of Power of Attorney?
Before delegating some of your decision-making rights to a third party, you need to understand what types of power of attorney exist and what each of them entails.
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A power of attorney (POA) gives one or more persons the power to act on your behalf as your attorney-in-fact or agent. The power you give can:
- Provide temporary or permanent authority
- Be general or limited to a specific activity, e.g., the sale of your property, and revoked at any time—most U.S. states require a written notice of revocation
- Take effect immediately after the document is signed or upon the occurrence of a particular event, e.g., when confirmed you cannot act for yourself because you are physically or mentally incapacitated
Granting decision-making rights to another person is tricky, and you need to understand what type of POA works for you.
Take a look at the following table showing different types of power of attorney you can opt for:
|Types of POA||Information|
|Limited POA||Defines specific powers you give to an agent, e.g., an agent can have the power to:
While a durable power of attorney stays in effect even when you become incapacitated, a general or conventional POA does not.
A durable POA grants control of specific property, legal, or financial matters and can be:
- A power of attorney for finances or financial power of attorney giving an agent the power to manage your financial and business affairs
- A medical power of attorney—also called a medical proxy or healthcare power of attorney—allowing an agent to make decisions regarding your health care, usually in the case of debilitating medical conditions
All institutions will ask your agent to present a POA before complying with their decisions.
Financial and medical POAs can be drafted as one document, but it might be wiser to separate them. Financial institutions don’t need your medical data, and medical professionals don’t have to be familiar with your financial status.
A springing power of attorney defines the conditions when a durable POA comes into effect, including the:
- Level of incapacitation
- Type of triggering event
You can create a power of attorney in the following ways:
- Download a power of attorney letter template—Although online templates can be helpful, they are usually too general and require numerous changes. Make sure the template you find is in accordance with your state laws
- Hire a lawyer—While this might be the wisest decision, it is also the most expensive one. You should inquire about the fees to understand if you can afford this pricey service
- Subscribe to DoNotPay—Our AI-powered app can help you prepare a POA customized to your specific needs
Why pay a hefty sum to a lawyer or use a template you must alter entirely? Our app helps you create a custom-made power of attorney in a few easy steps!
DoNotPay will ask a few questions regarding the powers you want to give to your agent(s). We'll use the info to generate the best document, so you and your agent can sign it immediately.
Open DoNotPay and:
- Select the Power of Attorney feature
- Answer our chatbot’s questions to specify what powers you want to include in your POA
Once you finish, DoNotPay will automatically generate your POA. You will also get two important notices that you and your agent should read before signing the document.
As many states require a power of attorney to get notarized, you can complete this activity in our app, too!
No need to look for notaries public, schedule an appointment, drive to their office, or risk your health meeting them face to face. DoNotPay will connect you with a power of attorney notary, and the process will be handled remotely.
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