Cancel (revoke) a power of attorney

Authored By: Northwest Justice Project

You can cancel (revoke) your power of attorney at any time by giving a written notice to your agent. Instructions and sample form. #9611EN

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A power of attorney form lets you choose a trusted friend or relative to help you with your finances or health care decisions. The trusted friend or relative is called your "agent."

Yes. You can cancel (you can revoke) your power of attorney at any time by giving a written notice to your agent. A sample “Revocation of Power of Attorney” is included in this packet. You can also give a copy of the notice to your medical providers, bank, school, and other places that might still have or accept the old power of attorney.

No. You can use the form below or you can write a letter saying that you revoke the power of attorney. The form below has notary information in case you want to notarize it.

You should revoke your power of attorney right away. Make sure you give copies of the form or letter you use to revoke your power of attorney to your medical providers, bank, school, and other places that might still have or accept the old power of attorney. You can report the agent to local law enforcement or Adult Protective Services (APS).

If you’re concerned for your safety even after you revoke your power of attorney, you may need to go to court for a protection order against the agent. Read Protection orders: Can the civil legal system help protect me? to learn more.

Yes. After you revoke your old power of attorney, you can sign a new power of attorney form to choose a different agent. In your new power of attorney form, make sure it says all earlier power of attorney forms are revoked.

You can fill out a new power of attorney form online.

Download Revocation of Power of Attorney Form

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Last Review and Update: Mar 27, 2024
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