What Is a General Power of Attorney?
A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you (as a principal) to assign someone (an attorney) to act on your behalf. A general power of attorney gives the attorney the power to manage the principal’s legal and financial affairs, for example, buying and selling real estate, paying bills, operating bank accounts, and managing investments on their behalf.
Sample General Power of Attorney Form in the PDF Format
Here is a sample power of attorney form to allow someone to manage your affairs:
- At the top of the form, you are required to provide your and your attorney's detailed personal information, including full name and contact address.
- In paragraph I, you should list the powers that you wish to give – you can indicate them with the use of your initials.
- In paragraph II, you should enter the name of the state where the power of attorney is to be executed.
- In paragraph III, you specify the effective date and termination terms.
- In paragraph IV, you warrant that the attorney is authorized to realize any of the powers listed by you under the power of attorney. Here, you are only required to provide the date you completed the form.
- At the bottom of the form, you should confirm the full names of you and your attorney, insert the names and addresses of witnesses, and re-enter the state, the county, and the date the form was completed.
- Finally, you and the attorney should sign the completed form to validate it. You can add a digital signature to your PDF, or you can sign a hard copy of the form.
Tips for Completing a General Power of Attorney Form
Choosing the Attorney
The choice process is not as simple as it might seem. Most importantly, choose a person you trust completely, but and who is trusted by other people with a financial interest in your property. It can be a close friend, a family member, or a business associate. Don’t involve someone who is too busy with kids, a career, or an active social life because it takes time to deal with routine matters for property and assets management.
Once you have found a person you can trust with the management of your affairs, talk to the potential attorney about why and how you want him or her to handle this responsibility.
Determining the Correct Type of Power of Attorney
Decide if the power of attorney should be general. You need a general power of attorney if you want to assign someone to manage your legal and financial affairs on your behalf while you are away or incapacitated in any way.
Creating a Power of Attorney Document
Download Movavi PDF Editor with its free power of attorney forms. Select the template of the general power of attorney. Enter all your information in the appropriate fields on the blank form. This must include the principal’s and the attorney’s full names and contact information, the powers granted, and the signatures of the parties involved.
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