How to Revoke Power of Attorney in Ohio

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Powers of attorney can be very useful legal documents. Whenever someone grants power of attorney, he or she can also revoke that power. In Ohio, revoking power of attorney is not difficult, but it can require specific steps to be effective.

Contact the principal. Whenever power of attorney (POA) is given, the person granting the power, called the principal, names the person or organization that receives it, generally called the agent. To revoke POA, the principal must contact the agent and notify him that the POA is revoked.

Put it in writing. POA's in Ohio must generally be in writing. While revocations do not have to be written, it's usually beneficial to terminate the POA with another document. The principal should sign and notarize the revocation, naming the agent, the POA granted, and the date on which the revocation is signed and effective.

Inform any interested parties. POA typically allow the agent to act on the principal's behalf when dealing with other people or organizations. If the revoked POA was so use, send a copy of the revocation to any third parties. Though this isn't necessary, it can prevent problems later on.

Inform the court. In Ohio, some POA's must be registered with the court. Any POA granting an agent the power to convey real estate, mortgages or other interests in real property must be filed with the appropriate court clerk's office. Similarly, revoking such registered POA requires filing the revocation with the same court clerk's office.


  • Notarize your POA documents. While it isn't generally required, getting important documents like POA's notarized is usually a good idea. 2. Get an attorney. POA's can be very powerful instruments. Always talk to an attorney before you grant someone the power to act on your behalf. When revoking a POA, talk to the attorney to make sure your revocation is effective.


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Roger Thorne is an attorney who began freelance writing in 2003. He has written for publications ranging from "MotorHome" magazine to "Cruising World." Thorne specializes in writing for law firms, Web sites, and professionals. He has a Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas.

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