Durable power of attorney

A power of attorney form lets you choose a trusted friend or relative to help you with your finances and/or health care decisions. #9608EN

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A power of attorney form lets you choose a trusted friend or relative to help you with your finances and/or health care decisions. After you sign it, the person you choose will take the power of attorney to your medical providers, bank, school, and other places to make decisions and sign contracts just as if they were you. 

The trusted friend or relative you choose to help you with your finances and/or health care decisions is called your "agent."

A power of attorney is “durable” if it says that your agent can use it even if you become sick or injured and cannot make decisions for yourself.

You should sign your Durable Power of Attorney forms in front of a notary. If you cannot find a notary, you can sign it in front of two "disinterested" witnesses instead. However, notarization is preferred, especially for a Durable Power of Attorney for Finances. 

After you sign your forms, make two copies. Give the original document to your agent, give one copy to your alternate agent, and keep the second copy for yourself.

You can cancel (you can revoke) your power of attorney at any time with a written notice to your agent. Our Cancel (revoke) a Power of Attorney packet has the form and instructions to do this.

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.

Visit Northwest Justice Project to find out how to get legal help. 

Last Review and Update: Mar 04, 2024
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