A power of attorney or POA is a legal document that gives another person permission to act for you. There are two types of power of attorney: conventional power of attorney and durable power of attorney. Conventional power of attorney is set up for a specific period or until a task is completed. A durable power of attorney stays in effect until you cancel it, you are unable to make decisions or you die. Some of the tasks a person with power of attorney make take care of for you include: bank transactions, paying bills, filing tax returns or signing contracts.
Obtain a power of attorney form. You can find pre-printed forms at some stationary or office supply stores and at some libraries. Some institutions, such as banks, have their own pre-printed forms.
Choose who will serve as your agent. Your agent is the person who will carry out any tasks you are unable to complete. Talk to your agent before and make sure it is a person you can trust. Your agent must be an adult.
Decide which powers you want to give your agent. You should outline the specific transactions in the power of attorney document. These powers may include bank transactions, paying your bills, buying or selling property and applying for benefits, among other financial transactions.
Ask a lawyer to read over your power of attorney before you sign anything. If you are unable to have a lawyer look over the document, look the document over carefully to make sure it says exactly what you want it to say.
Bring your POA document to a notary public. You and your agent must sign the document in front of the notary and have her notarize the document.