Appointing an agent to manage your affairs can be done through a legal document called a power of attorney.
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Durable Power of Attorney – Washington State
To allow your agent to make decisions on your behalf even if you become incapacitated, you should set up a durable power of attorney.
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The above forms are also referred to as a general power of attorney and a financial power of attorney, as they are used for matters pertaining to one’s finances.
By contrast, the following forms are various types of limited powers of attorney. Setting up a limited power of attorney gives an agent the capacity to manage another’s affairs only in specified circumstances.
Medical Power of Attorney – Washington State
To give legal authority to doctors to carry out a preferred care plan in the event of your incapacitation, you need to establish a medical power of attorney.
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Power of Attorney for Minor Child – Washington State
If you need to assign temporary parental responsibility for a minor child to an agent, you may do so using a limited power of attorney for a minor child.
Real Estate Power of Attorney – Washington State
A real estate power of attorney differs from other types of powers of attorney in that it allows the agent specified to act on the principal’s behalf only on matters related to real estate or property.
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When filling out the form, only sign against the real-estate-related powers you wish to transfer to your agent, and leave the other powers blank.