A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that allows you (the “principal”) to appoint any individual (the “agent” or “attorney-in-fact”) to manage your financial, medical, or other legal affairs.
Power of attorney laws vary by state. So, you need to download the power of attorney form specific to Rhode Island (RI).
There are several types of power of attorney. The form you need depends on what the POA is for and when the POA is effective.
Find your Rhode Island power of attorney form below.
Rhode Island (RI) Power of Attorney Documents
How to Get Power of Attorney in Rhode Island (RI)
To set up a power of attorney, both the agent and principal fill out and sign a power of attorney form.
Your power of attorney document must meet the requirements of the Rhode Island Short Form Power of Attorney Act or Chapter 23-4.10 of the Rhode Island General Laws, depending on the purpose of the power of attorney.
All the forms provided on this page comply with the corresponding section of Rhode Island laws.
Rhode Island Power of Attorney Requirements
To be legally binding, powers of attorney must be completed according to the Rhode Island Short Form Power of Attorney Act.
Make sure your Rhode Island POA form includes the following details:
- The names and addresses of the principal and agent(s)
- What powers are granted to the agent(s)
- Any limitations on the agent’s power
- When the agent’s powers begin and end
- Signatures of the principal, agent, and notary public
If you designate multiple co-agents, you must indicate whether they’ll act jointly or severally.
If you don’t include an end date or condition for your power of attorney, it will be presumed durable, meaning the agent can still act on your behalf if you become incapacitated.