A Maine power of attorney is a document that legally lets a person (the principal) give full power and authority to another person (the agent) to act on their behalf. There are a few different types of power of attorney that can be used for financial, medical or even broader needs, as discussed below.
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- Maine Powers of Attorney
- How to Get Power of Attorney in Maine
Maine Durable Power of Attorney
The Maine durable power of attorney is a document that stays in effect even when the principal becomes incapacitated. In contrast, a general power of attorney does not do this as it is “non-durable” by default.
Maine Health Care Power of Attorney
The Maine health care power of attorney form, also called the Maine health care advance directive form, is a combination of two parts. The first part is the living will, which allows the principal to outline exactly what medical treatments and procedures they consent to or not. The second part is a durable power of attorney, which gives consent to the agent to make all future decisions not covered in the living will after the principal becomes incapacitated.
Maine Financial Power of Attorney
The Maine financial power of attorney, also known as the Maine financial durable power of attorney, gives the principal the ability to pass all financial control on to an agent of their choosing. This can include control over any businesses the principal owns, any investments and any bank accounts.
How to Get Power of Attorney in Maine
All Maine Power of Attorney forms on this page comply with the legal requirements in Maine. Other documents may be written up as well, as long as they use similar language.
- Durable power of attorney for use after incapacitation
- Health care power of attorney for health care needs
- Financial power of attorney for all financial decisions
Maine Power of Attorney Requirements
The legal requirements that must be met to obtain power of attorney in Maine are as follows:
- The document must be signed by you, or you must instruct someone else to sign your name in your presence.
- There must be two witnesses to your signing of the document, or a notary can oversee and notarize the document.
- The form must follow the language provided in the Maine Revised Statutes 18-A M.R.S.A § 5-905.
- The agent must be a legal adult (18 years or older).