A Utah general power of attorney (GPOA) is a legal instrument that empowers an appointed agent, such as a trusted family member, friend, or professional, to handle financial transactions and other affairs on behalf of the principal. This authority includes managing properties and assets, necessitating careful consideration in selecting a reliable agent.
Dissimilar to a durable power of attorney, this general form loses its validity if the principal becomes incapable of making decisions, such as in the event of a medical crisis leading to unconsciousness.
Authority (UCA 1953 § 75-9-201) – A general power of attorney in Utah authorizes an attorney-in-fact to conduct the principal’s personal and business matters, facilitating the management of affairs in the principal’s absence.
Signing Requirements (§ 75-9-105) – Must be notarized by a public notary to be legally valid.
Presumption of Durability (§ 75-9-104) – Yes, it remains effective until explicitly revoked by a clause in the agreement.