You Have Choices When Naming Power of Attorney

Why It Matters:

  • A limited power of attorney is established to achieve a specific legal or financial goal.
  • A power of attorney grants someone the “power” to handle your legal and financial affairs, though a limited type of power of attorney can be much narrower in focus.
  • If you need something broader in relation to financial and legal decisions, you may want to opt for a durable power of attorney.

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Nov. 22, 2017

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A limited power of attorney is usually established to achieve a specific financial or legal goal. (For example: You might want one if your signature is needed on a financial or legal document, but you cannot be present to physically sign the document.)

Reasons for establishing one

You might consider establishing a limited power of attorney if you cannot be present to sign or execute certain documents or dealings, and need a person with legal authority to act on your behalf.

Reasons to establish a durable power of attorney rather than a non-durable power of attorney

If you should become incapacitated or incompetent before the specific transaction is to occur, a limited power of attorney can expire, and the agent would not be able to act on your behalf. The powers generally conveyed in a durable power of attorney are much broader than a limited power of attorney, which is why many legal professionals encourage naming a durable power of attorney instead.

When a limited power of attorney goes into effect

This goes into effect as soon as the document is signed and expires if the limited purpose of the power has been completed, when you die, or potentially when you become incapacitated. You may revoke a limited power of attorney at any time.

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Things to Consider:

  • It’s important to pick someone you trust without question to hold limited power of attorney.
  • While limited power of attorney will cover a specific or legal goal, it expires if you die or if you become unable to make decisions on your own behalf.
  • If you’re worried this won’t provide the financial or legal protection you require, you should look into creating a durable power of attorney instead.



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