A Washington, DC durable power of attorney form is a document that grants someone (the “agent”) the legal authority to act and make financial decisions for another person (the “principal”) in the state of Washington, DC.
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.
Although an agent has a ‘fiduciary duty’ to act in the principal’s best interest, this is not always the case. You should always choose someone you trust to be your agent.
In Washington, DC, power of attorney forms can be made durable by including the following or similar language:
“This power of attorney will continue to be effective if I become disabled, incapacitated, or incompetent.”