Power of attorney is the legal authority for another individual or entity to make decisions on your behalf. It’s also the name of the form that grants this power.
You can use a power of attorney form to have someone sign paperwork and manage your affairs when you’re unable to, for example while you’re traveling, or because your health prevents you.
The person assigning power of attorney is the “principal” and the person chosen to make decisions is the “agent.”
Find your Louisiana (LA) power of attorney form by type and use below.
Louisiana (LA) Power of Attorney Documents
Louisiana Power of Attorney for Minor Child
To ensure that a trusted third party may take temporary parental responsibility (for medical matters) for a child younger than 18, the parent may set up a power of attorney for a minor child.
Louisiana Power of Attorney to Transfer Motor Vehicle
To ensure that your agent may make decisions on your behalf in transactions relating only to motor vehicles, you should use a Louisiana DMV power of attorney.
How to Get a Power of Attorney in Louisiana
To set up a power of attorney, both the agent and principal fill out and sign a power of attorney form.
Louisiana Civil Code Articles 2985-3032 regulate durable powers of attorney in Louisiana. The forms on this page are compliant with this section of Louisiana Civil Code.
Louisiana POA Requirements
For a power of attorney to be legally binding in the state of Louisiana, the document must meet the following requirements:
- The POA document must include:
- name of the principal
- name of the agent(s), referred to as the mandatary by Louisiana law
- what powers are granted to the agent
- when the powers begin and end
- the principal’s signature
- It is not required, but recommended that the document be signed by two witnesses and a notary public in order to be valid in all states.
Express permission must be given to alienate, acquire, encumber, or lease something. For a full list of specific scenarios which require express permission, reference article 2997.
If an individual wishes to reverse a power of attorney, they may do so by completing a revocation of power of attorney document.