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A power of attorney lets you appoint someone you trust to handle important financial and legal matters on your behalf either immediately or only if you are unable to make decisions for yourself.

With a LegalZoom Power of Attorney, you get:

  • Personalized Power of Attorney
    A personalized power of attorney specific for your state
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    Advanced provisions to safeguard your family
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Common questions

When will my durable power of attorney take effect?

Your durable power of attorney can take effect as soon as you sign it in the presence of a notary public. Some states require that you sign the document in front of additional witnesses. When allowed under state law, you can also choose to sign a durable springing power of attorney, under which you appoint someone to act on your behalf only if you become incapacitated.

Is a durable power of attorney revocable?

Yes. You can revoke (or rescind) your durable power of attorney at almost any time.

How much decision-making authority can I grant through a power of attorney?

Generally, you can grant authority to make any or all of your financial decisions (e.g., those related to banking, accounts, insurance, taxes, real estate, etc.). You can choose which powers you want to grant, with one significant exception. You cannot authorize your attorney-in-fact to make changes to your last will.

Sample documents

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Your final forms, documents and filings may differ depending on your state.

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