Special Power of Attorney


Overview
The Special Power of Attorney (also called a "Limited Power of Attorney") is used when an individual (the "Grantor" or "Principal") authorizes someone else (the "Attorney") to be the Grantor's agent and act on the Grantor's behalf under certain circumstances.  
It is considered "special" of "limited" because it only authorizes the attorney to do specific things.
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 Special 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.
-To decide upon the specific powers that are being granted.  You will be guided through a number of areas to consider by the Interview questions that follow.  

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 Special Power of Attorney, use the Notice of Revocation of Power of Attorney found in this program.