General Power of Attorney


Overview 
The General Power of Attorney allows an individual (the "grantor") to authorize someone else to act on the grantor's behalf, providing a broad grant of power to do most anything that the grantor could personally do.  
A power of attorney is a special kind of document that creates a legal relationship between the individual grantor and a person appointed to act on the grantor's behalf. 
The person appointed becomes the agent of the grantor, and is sometimes called the "attorney" or the "attorney-in-fact."  "Attorney"  as used here does not mean a lawyer as almost anyone can act as an attorney under a power of attorney. 
Unlike a Durable Power of Attorney, the law generally provides that the authority provided in a General Power of Attorney ends when the grantor becomes legally disabled, for example if he or she is institutionalized.  

When You Need It 
-When you need to appoint someone to act with legal authority on your behalf. 
-To have a document that shows the authority your agent has to act on your behalf under certain circumstances. 

Getting Started 

You will need: 
-The name and address of the person being granted the power to act on behalf of the Grantor. 
-The name and address of the Grantor. 
-The length of time the powers granted are to remain in effect. 

When to Review and Revise 
-If you lose confidence or trust in the ability of your "attorney" to perform the tasks given to him or her.
-If your "attorney" dies or becomes incapacitated in some manner. 
-If you wish to change or revoke the powers granted.  To revoke a General Power of Attorney, use the Notice of Revocation of Power of Attorney  found in this program.