To legally appoint somebody to manage your business, property, medical, or other affairs, you should set up a power of attorney.
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- Pennsylvania Powers of Attorney
- How to Get Power of Attorney in PA
Durable Power of Attorney – PA
If you lose the capacity to make your own decisions, your power of attorney will become void unless it has been set up as a durable power of attorney.
PA Durable POA Download Options:
The POA template above is also called a PA financial power of attorney or a general power of attorney . Irrespective of what they’re called, all powers of attorney in Pennsylvania are assumed to be durable unless your document states otherwise.
Medical Power of Attorney – PA
PA Medical POA Download Options:
Real Estate Power of Attorney – PA
With a real estate power of attorney, your agent or proxy may act on your behalf for real estate affairs and no other matter.
PA Real Estate POA Download Options:
The forms above have a list of powers. In this list, sign only against the real estate powers you wish to hand over to your agent, and leave the line beside the other powers blank.
PA Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney
A vehicle or DMV power of attorney gives a trusted third party the authorization to manage your affairs in relation to motor vehicles.
In Pennsylvania, vehicle powers of attorney are “secure” documents, meaning they have certain security features built in. PA state agencies are the sole distributors of the forms. Please contact your vehicle dealer or insurance company to obtain a legal form.
How to Get Power of Attorney in PA
Chapter 56 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes governs power of attorney documents in the state of Pennsylvania. All forms available on this page comply with the regulations set forth by this chapter.
Obtain a power of attorney in PA using one of the following forms:
POA Requirements in PA
Although Pennsylvania legislature does not provide a standardized form for residents to use, in order for a power attorney to be valid in Pennsylvania, it must be in writing and adhere to the following strict requirements:
- The power of attorney must contain a:
- Signed and dated “NOTICE” provided in 5601-C
- Signed and dated by “Acknowledgment executed by agent’ provided in 5601-D
- Signature of the principal
- Name of the principal
- Name of the agent(s)
- Description of the powers granted
- Details of when the powers start and finish
- Acknowledgment of a notary public
- Signatures from two witnesses
- Date the document was signed
- If the principal is unable to write out their signature, they may sign using a mark (for example, the letter “X”) or by directing another individual to sign on their behalf.
- If the document is signed using a mark or by another individual, it must be witnessed by two individuals.
- Witnesses must be 18 years or older and may not be the individual who signed the POA on behalf of the principal.
- It is recommended that you use the language outlined in §5602 and §5603 to describe the powers you wish to grant your agent.
- Completed documents (including electronic forms) may be filed with the clerk of the orphans’ court division of the court of common pleas in which the principal resides.
- If the power of attorney authorizes real estate transactions and is acknowledged by a notary public, it should be recorded in the office for the recording deeds in the county in which the principal resides and any counties in which real estate transactions may take place.