Power of Attorney Forms by State

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What Is a Power of Attorney?

A Power of Attorney Form - also referred to as a POA - is a legal document used for electing an individual to act on another party's behalf in business or legal matters. This agreement is made between two parties: the Principal and the Agent. The POA is needed when the Principal is unable to make decisions on their own for any reason. 

By signing the agreement, the Principal allows the Agent to legally represent their interests. The Principal usually states what powers they want their Agent to have. Sometimes the Principal also appoints a secondary Agent in case their main Agent does not want or cannot perform their duties. The POA is not a bilateral contract, it is more like a unilateral description of what authority is permitted to the Agent by the Principal.

Types of Powers of Attorney:

  1. General Power of Attorney.
  2. Limited or Special Power of Attorney.
  3. Durable Power of Attorney.
  4. Healthcare or Medical Power of Attorney.
  5. Springing Power of Attorney.

There is no federal law concerning these forms, however, an existing model Uniform POA is applicable for most of the states either fully or partially. Being subject to the laws of individual states, POAs vary from state to state, thus it is better to consult your state law before filling out your own Form.




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Difference Between Power of Attorney and Advance Directive

A Power of Attorney is commonly confused with an Advance Directive (or Advance Healthcare Directive). The concepts are similar with both forms allowing to elect a representative to act on another person’s behalf and both stating the specific circumstances under which the representative will act. There is a difference, however: the POA is more commonly used for financial decisions while the Advance Directive allows the representative to make healthcare decisions. 

How to Use a Power of Attorney?

A POA is used anytime a person wants someone to make financial decisions for them. This agreement also comes in handy in case of physical or mental incapacity. 

The document must include the identifying information of both of the parties along with a certification by no less than two witnesses. Being a serious legal agreement, the POA includes detailed information on the exact types of authority will the appointed Agent get. The Principal also decides upon when and why the document goes into effect and its end date.

"General Durable Power of Attorney Form"

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The most important thing to decide on is the Agent. Since the agent will manage important financial issues, they have to be a trustworthy person. Normally, people choose close relatives or good friends to act as their Agents. If you choose your spouse as your Agent the spouse's power will automatically terminate in case of divorce.

After filling out the form, the Power of Attorney has to be printed out, signed and notarized.



DA Form 5841 "Power of Attorney"

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Download this form for designating a guardian for child care during a service member's absence. It is a must-have document for every selected guardian.

Form DR2175 "Power of Attorney for Motor Vehicle Only" - Colorado

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Size: 346 KB
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This is a legal document whose purpose is to provide an appointed individual or entity with the legal right to represent the grantor in the state of Colorado.

Form HSMV82053 "Power of Attorney for a Motor Vehicle, Mobile Home or Vessel" - Florida

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Size: 67 KB
1 page

This is a Florida legal document used by an owner of one of the listed items to let another person handle various responsibilities on their behalf, for instance, applying for a certificate of title or selling property.

VA Form 10-0137 "VA Advance Directive: Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Living Will"

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Size: 3 MB
7 pages

This form is a Power of Attorney (POA) form used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This form is used to designate a health care representative that will be able to act on behalf of the person in case they will no longer be able to make decisions themselves.

VT Form PA-1 "Special Power of Attorney for Use by Individuals, Businesses, Estates and Trusts" - Vermont

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AER Form 53 "Special Power of Attorney for Seeking Army Emergency Relief Assistance"

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Size: 116 KB
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Form DOL-14 "Reimbursable Employer's Power of Attorney" - Georgia (United States)

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Size: 22 KB
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Form IH-28 "Power of Attorney" - Indiana

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Size: 22 KB
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Form DO-10 "Power of Attorney" - Kansas

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Size: 159 KB
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Form MV65 "Power of Attorney" - Montana

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Size: 93 KB
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Form 33 "Power of Attorney" - Nebraska

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Size: 142 KB
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Form GEN-58 "Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative" - North Carolina

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Size: 158 KB
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Form 847 "Power of Attorney" - Alaska

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Size: 26 KB
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Form CDTFA-392 "Power of Attorney" - California

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Size: 1 MB
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Form PERS-OSS-138 "Special Power of Attorney" - California

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Size: 125 KB
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Form BOF110 "General Notice of Firearm Prohibition and Power of Attorney for Firearms Relinquishment, Sale, or Transfer for Storage" - California

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Size: 2 MB
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Form VS124 "Power of Attorney: California Marriage License" - California

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Size: 110 KB
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Form DR-835 "Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative" - Florida

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Size: 2 MB
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Form DOL-14B "Employee Leasing Company's Power of Attorney" - Georgia (United States)

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Size: 18 KB
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Form N-848 "Power of Attorney" - Hawaii

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Size: 121 KB
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Form REV184 "Power of Attorney" - Minnesota

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Size: 373 KB
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Form DTE24P "Power of Attorney for Real Property Tax Exemption Application - Tax Incentive Program" - Ohio

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Size: 239 KB
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Form REV-677 "Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative" - Pennsylvania

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Size: 212 KB
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Form A-222 "Power of Attorney" - Wisconsin

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Size: 1 MB
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Form F203 "Affidavit That Power of Attorney Is in Full Force" - New York City

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Instructions for Form N-848 "Power of Attorney" - Hawaii

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Form F5188 "Durable Power of Attorney for Securities and Savings Bonds Transactions - Treasurydirect"

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Size: 463 KB
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Form MVT5-13 "Power of Attorney" - Alabama

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Size: 112 KB
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Form CDPH8456 "Special Power of Attorney" - California

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Size: 116 KB
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Form DR0145 "Colorado Tax Information Authorization or Power of Attorney" - Colorado

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Size: 190 KB
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Form D-2848 "Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representation" - Washington, D.C.

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Size: 387 KB
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Form ITD3368 "Limited Power of Attorney for Specific Motor Vehicle/Vessel" - Idaho

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Size: 120 KB
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Form IL-2848 "Power of Attorney" - Illinois

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Size: 81 KB
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Form IA2848 "Iowa Power of Attorney Form" - Iowa

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Size: 78 KB
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Form M-2848 "Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative" - Massachusetts

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Size: 101 KB
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Form NUCS-4556 "Power of Attorney" - Nevada, 2006

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Size: 27 KB
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Form MV-93.1 "Secure Power of Attorney Order Form" - New York

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Size: 64 KB
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Instructions for Form MV-93.2, MV-93 "Secure Power of Attorney" - New York

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Size: 45 KB
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Form 4011A "General Power of Attorney"

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Size: 95 KB
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Form 2848A "Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative" - Alabama

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Size: 84 KB
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