Durable Power of Attorney Documents

A power of attorney document 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 document 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 document 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."

You should sign your Durable Power of Attorney document 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 documents, 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 revoke (cancel) your power of attorney document at any time with a written notice to your agent. A sample "Notice of Revocation" is included in this packet. You can also give a copy of this written notice to your medical providers, bank, school, and other places that might accept the old power of attorney document.

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Last Review and Update: Nov 03, 2023
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