Power of attorney (POA) is the legal authority to make decisions for another person.
With a power of attorney form, you (the “principal”) can name another person or organization to act as your “agent” for issues related to property, finance, or medical concerns.
There are different types of power of attorney, and the requirements vary by state.
Find your Texas (TX) power of attorney form below.
Texas (TX) Power of Attorney Documents
Texas Power of Attorney for Child
A parental power of attorney, also known in Texas as an authorization agreement for a voluntary caregiver, authorizes a third party to take parental responsibility for a child.
Download: Adobe PDF
Texas DMV Power of Attorney
Individuals may use a department of motor vehicles (DMV) power of attorney to appoint an agent to represent them in decisions relating to vehicles, including transfer of ownership.
Download: Adobe PDF
Texas Real Estate Power of Attorney
A real estate power of attorney is a power of attorney that restricts an agent to acting on issues relating to the principal’s property. After downloading the form, sign only against those real-estate-related powers you wish to transfer to your agent.
Download: MS Word (.docx) or Adobe PDF
How to Get Power of Attorney in Texas
To set up a power of attorney, both the agent and principal fill out and sign a power of attorney form.
Chapter 752 of the Texas Estate Code governs durable powers of attorney in Texas. All forms on this page comply with this chapter of the Texas estate code.
To revoke a power of attorney, simply draft and sign a revocation of power of attorney terminating the agent’s authority.
Texas POA Requirements
For a power of attorney to be valid in the State of Texas, the following requirements must be met:
- The POA document must list the:
- name and signature of the principal
- name of the agent(s)
- date of the agreement
- powers granted
- when the powers begin and end
- The POA document must be signed by a notary
- POA documents covering real-estate transactions must be recorded with the county clerk within 30 days of being signed.