A power of attorney (POA) document allows an individual (the “principal”) to empower a person of his/her choosing (the “agent” or the “attorney-in-fact”) to perform the principal’s business and financial duties when the principal cannot do it.
Depending on your specific needs and circumstances, you may need one or more of the following types of powers of attorney documents.
- Michigan Powers of Attorney
- How to Get Power of Attorney in Michigan
Durable Power of Attorney – Michigan
A durable power of attorney remains valid even if the principal becomes incompetent or incapacitated.
In the state of Michigan, powers of attorney are presumed to be durable (by default) unless stated otherwise within the document.
Medical Power of Attorney – Michigan
A power of attorney relating to health and medical decisions is called a medical power of attorney document.
Michigan’s medical power of attorney document is called a Designation of Patient Advocate.
General Power of Attorney – Michigan
A general power of attorney is one that transfers broad powers over to the agent, especially in matters pertaining to the principal’s finances.
By contrast, a limited power of attorney, such as the two types below (real estate and DMV powers of attorney) are much narrower in their scope.
Real Estate Power of Attorney Michigan
A real estate power of attorney is a limited power of attorney written to grant powers relating to real estate transactions.
Michigan DMV Power of Attorney
Another type of a limited power of attorney, a DMV power of attorney is used to appoint an agent to represent you when it comes to vehicle (motor vehicle, water craft, or mobile home) transactions.Michigan DMV Power of Attorney For a Motor Vehicle
MI DMV POA Download Options:
How to Get Power of Attorney in Michigan
Michigan does not offer any type of standardized power of attorney form. You can use any form as long as it complies with Section 700.5501 of Michigan Compiled Laws, Estates and Protected Individuals Code Act 386 of 1998.
All of our forms comply with the power of attorney laws in Michigan. Getting a power of attorney in Michigan is as simple as using these forms:
- Medical POA, for healthcare-related powers
- General POA, for powers relating to a wide range of financial transactions
- Real Estate POA, for real property-related powers
- DMV POA, for powers relating to vehicle transactions
Remember, all of the above are durable powers of attorney templates.
Michigan Power of Attorney Requirements
For a power of attorney document to be valid in Michigan, the document must include the following:
- Principal’s complete name and address
- Complete name and address of the attorney-in-fact
- Date the agreement was signed
- Specific powers granted and when their powers begin and end
- Signature of the principal or a notary public in the presence and on the behalf of the principal
- Signature of a notary public or two witnesses (neither of which can be the attorney-in-fact)
- Date of when powers begin and expire