An Arizona durable power of attorney form lets someone (the “agent”) legally act and make decisions for another person (the “principal”) in personal, financial, or business matters.
Unlike a regular non-durable power of attorney (POA), a durable power of attorney (DPOA) stays in effect even if the principal becomes incapacitated and legally can’t make their own decisions
To give an agent power over your medical decisions if you become incapacitated, you need to complete a separate form called an Arizona medical power of attorney.
Read on to learn how to create and use your AZ durable power of attorney and download a fillable form in PDF and Word formats.
Arizona Durable Power of Attorney Requirements
Arizona power of attorney forms can be made durable by including either the following or similar language:
“This power of attorney is not affected by subsequent disability or incapacity of the principal or lapse of time.” / “This power of attorney is effective on the disability or incapacity of the principal.”
Relevant Laws: Arizona Rev. Stat. §§ 14-5501-14-5507
Presumed Durable: No (Arizona Rev. Stat. § 14-5501(B))
Signing: Requires principal’s signature as well as witnessed by a person other than the agent, the agent’s spouse, the agent’s children, or the notary public (Arizona Rev. Stat. § 14-5501(D))
Notarization: Requires notarization (Arizona Rev. Stat. § 14-5501(D))
Statutory Form: No.
The durable power of attorney template on this page includes all required language and complies with Arizona DPOA laws and regulations.
Arizona Durable Power of Attorney Form (PDF & Word)
Use our free Arizona DPOA template below to serve as a guide for creating your own durable power of attorney form.
How to Fill Out an Arizona DPOA Form
Follow these steps to create your durable power of attorney form in AZ:
Step 1: Designate an agent
Before you choose your agent, make sure you fully understand what power of attorney is and the risks involved in giving legal power to another person. It’s important to select someone you trust for this important role.
Write the names and addresses of the principal and the chosen agent at the top of the durable power of attorney form.
Step 2: Grant authority
Indicate on the form what kinds of actions the agent can take on your behalf. You can grant them general (broad) authority over one or more aspects of your personal/financial affairs (e.g., business operations), or specific authority over one or more actions (e.g., pay bills; receive mail).
Step 3: Ensure your form is durable
For the power of attorney to continue even if the principal is incapacitated, the form must be made durable.
In Arizona, you must add specific language to make your POA durable.
Step 4: Sign and date the form
To make your DPOA form legally binding in Arizona, sign and date the form, have it witnessed and acknowledged before a notary public.
After completing your durable power of attorney form, make several copies to give to your agent and anyone else who might need it, like your bank or landlord. It may also be a good idea to give a copy to family members or trusted friends.
Then, store the original DPOA form in a safe place in your home.
How to Revoke a Durable Power of Attorney in Arizona
If you want to revoke your agent’s power, you can do so at any time while still competent. The best way to revoke your durable power of attorney is to complete a revocation of power of attorney form and destroy all copies of the DPOA. You should also inform your agent and any relevant third parties (such as your bank) about the revocation.
Although a durable power of attorney can’t be revoked if the principal is already incapacitated, it’s possible for another person to override a power of attorney if they suspect an agent of abuse or negligence.