There are times when you may need for someone else to take care of certain legal matters for you, either because you’re temporarily incapacitated or you’re not physically in a certain location to sign documents and perform other legal duties. When this happens, you can assign a power of attorney (POA) to another person or entity so that your needs are taken care of in your absence. A POA is a fairly common legal document that is used by millions of people every day, and it can make your life a whole lot easier in certain situations.
What Is a Power of Attorney?
A power of attorney is simply a legal document that allows someone else — either a person or an entity — to sign legal documents and make legal decisions for you. POAs can be either temporary or permanent. As a rule, there are also two types of POAs: a general power of attorney and a special power of attorney. The latter is used just for a specific duty, e.g., signing a document that allows for a specific medical procedure for that person. POAs can also be durable, which means that they will still be in effect if you become incapacitated. Normally, POAs stop being in effect once a person becomes incapacitated, although a new one can be drawn up afterwards if needed.