Power of attorney is the legal authority to make decisions for someone else. It can be set up for matters including business, medical care, and real estate, allowing an authorized third party to manage these issues on your behalf.
On a power of attorney form, the person assigning power of attorney is the “principal” and the person chosen to make decisions is the “agent.”
There are numerous types of powers of attorney. Find your Maryland (MD) power of attorney form by type below.
Maryland (MD) Power of Attorney Documents
Maryland Real Estate Power of Attorney
You can set up a limited power of attorney for property that restricts your agent to acting on your behalf for property and real estate affairs.
On downloading the form, you’ll find that the document has a list of powers. To create a real estate power of attorney, strike out the powers you do not wish to transfer to your agent, and sign your initials against the other powers that you seek to give your agent.
Maryland Tax Power of Attorney
The authority to manage another person’s tax affairs may be granted to a third party using a legal document called a tax power of attorney. In Maryland, this form is known as Form 548.
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Maryland Power of Attorney for Minor Child
The legal document used to nominate a third party to take temporary parental responsibility for a child younger than 18 years is called a parental power of attorney or power of attorney for a minor child.
Maryland DMV Power of Attorney
A power of attorney designed to give an agent the authority to manage a principal’s motor vehicle affairs is called a DMV power of attorney.
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How to Get Power of Attorney in Maryland
To set up a power of attorney, both the agent and principal fill out and sign a power of attorney form.
Sections 17-101 — 17-204 of the Estates and Trusts Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland outlines rules for durable powers of attorney within the state.
All forms on this page are in accordance with this article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
Maryland POA Requirements
For a power of attorney to be valid, it must adhere to the Maryland Estates and Trusts Article and adhere to these basic requirements:
- The Maryland POA document must list the:
- full contact information and signature of the principal
- name of the agent(s)
- date the agreement is made
- powers granted
- when the powers begin and end
- The power of attorney form must be signed in the presence of a notary public
- Witness requirements: At least two witnesses must also be present when notarizing and signing a Maryland power of attorney form.