Power of Attorney

The Power of Attorney, called the "POA", allows the person appointed as "attorney-in-fact" to sign anything you can sign in your own right, including deeds, checks, contracts.  The appointed "attorney-in-fact" is not an "Attorney at Law", as a general rule.  A POA is a very powerful document and if not used for your benefit can strip you of everything you own

 

Revoking the POA:  Once it is given it can be revoked simply by telling the "attorney-in-fact" that "The Power of Attorney is no longer valid".  That might not stop them from using it anyway, but they are then personally liable for using the POA after it was revoked by you (if you can locate him/her).  If you revoke the POA, make sure you immediately contact all your banks, your credit union and others that you know or believe might have been given or shown the POA and tell them it is revoked and no longer valid. 

 

Limiting the Scope and Time of the POA:  You can limit the scope of powers of a POA and the duration that it can be used.  As an example, you take a job in another state but your house has not sold before you move.  You don't want to return for the 'closing', so you give your real estate agent a POA limited to that one duty to sign the closing documents for you, and also limited in duration until the closing date.

 

The POA on this site is not limited in the duties that can be performed by your appointed "attorney-in-fact", nor is it limited in time duration.  It is valid immediately upon signing until you revoke it.

 

If you would like to have an attorney help you in filling out the POA or need a limited POA please contact David Justian, Attorney at Law, by e-mail.  Click the e-mail address, freelaw@lawthing.com, at the left side of this screen.  The fee for this legal service is $75.00.