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  • Writer's pictureDanielle Hill

Understanding the Power of Attorney: Stay in Control While Ensuring Your Wishes Are Honored

Did You Know?

Notarizing a power of attorney is a powerful legal tool that ensures your designated person can act on your behalf when needed, while you remain fully in control.

What Is a Power of Attorney?

A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions and act on your behalf in various matters, including financial, healthcare, and real estate decisions. This can be incredibly useful in situations where you might be unavailable or unable to make decisions yourself.

Types of Power of Attorney

  1. Financial Power of Attorney - A Financial Power of Attorney grants your designated person the authority to manage your financial affairs. This can include handling bank accounts, investments, paying bills, and managing real estate properties. This type of POA is particularly useful if you are incapacitated or otherwise unable to manage your finances.

  2. Healthcare Power of Attorney - A Healthcare Power of Attorney allows your appointed person to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so. This includes decisions about medical treatments, surgeries, and even end-of-life care. Having a Healthcare POA ensures that your medical preferences are honored and that someone you trust is making decisions in your best interest.

  3. Real Estate Power of Attorney - A Real Estate Power of Attorney is a specific type of POA that allows your designated person to handle real estate transactions on your behalf. This can include buying, selling, managing, or refinancing property. Whether you're traveling, facing health issues, or simply prefer someone else to manage these transactions, a Real Estate POA ensures that your real estate matters are taken care of according to your wishes.

  4. General Power of Attorney - A General Power of Attorney grants broad authority to your designated person to act on your behalf in a variety of matters, including financial, legal, and business decisions. This type of POA is comprehensive and covers most aspects of your personal affairs.

  5. Durable Power of Attorney - A Durable Power of Attorney remains in effect even if you become incapacitated. This ensures that your designated person can continue to manage your affairs without interruption. Both Financial and Healthcare POAs can be made durable.

Maintaining Your Autonomy

One of the common misconceptions about granting a power of attorney is that you lose your ability to make decisions. This is not true. Even after granting a POA, you retain the ability to sign documents and make your own decisions. The POA simply provides a trusted person the authority to act on your behalf when you need them to.

Why Notarize a Power of Attorney?

Notarizing a power of attorney adds an extra layer of legal protection. It verifies the identities of the parties involved and ensures that the document is legally binding. This step helps prevent fraud and ensures that your wishes are clearly communicated and honored.

Empower Yourself and Your Loved Ones

By notarizing a power of attorney, you are taking a proactive step to ensure that your affairs are managed according to your wishes, even if you are not able to oversee them personally. It provides peace of mind for both you and your loved ones, knowing that there is a clear plan in place.

Contact Us Today

At Complete Notary Services, we understand the importance of maintaining control over your life and decisions. Our professional notary services ensure that your power of attorney, including Financial, Healthcare, Real Estate, General, and Durable POAs, is legally sound and recognized. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you with your notary needs.

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