How to Get a Power of Attorney While Deployed

By Laurel King
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Laurel King

While you are deployed, there are three different ways to get a power of attorney. You can get one from the JAG representative in your unit at the nearest FOB/COB (forward or combat operating base), ask that someone back home pick it up from the closest JAG office and mail it to you, or download and print it out yourself using a computer and printer.

Determine which power of attorney you need. General power of attorney forms allow someone (your "agent") to act on your behalf in every way. Special power of attorney forms allow your agent to do only specific things for you such as receive or ship household goods, accept or clear housing, buy or sell property and vehicles, or handle banking transactions and tax matters.

Ask your supervisor if you have a Judge Advocate General representative in your unit, or at the nearest FOB/COB. JAG personnel have copies of all power of attorney forms for use by deployed members.

Request that someone back home go to the nearest JAG office and get copies of the power of attorney forms if you can't get them locally. Your home contact can mail the forms to you while you're deployed.

Go to the link provided below (Resource 1) to download a copy of general or special power of attorney forms if you have access to a computer and printer. Scroll down to the last page of the power of attorney you are using. Delete "Naval Postgraduate School Legal Service Office" from the Acknowledgement section. Print out the power of attorney form(s) you need.

Fill out the appropriate information, but do NOT sign at the bottom.

Ask your supervisor or chain of command who your unit notary is. Sign the form in front of the unit notary.

Mail the forms to the person you named as your agent.

About the Author

Laurel King has 17 years of experience writing in the legal, political and business arenas. Her work has been published in the SunStar, federal and superior courts, corporate newsletters and research briefings. King writes about a wide array of subjects, from technically dense legal procedures to quirky teen habits. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English from Ottawa University.

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