How do You Get Power of Attorney Form in Florida?
A common legal document that we’re asked to type for our customers is a Florida Power of Attorney form. On November 1, 2014, Florida law relating to Power of Attorney changed when Florida’s Power of Attorney Act ( Chapter 709 Florida Statutes) went into effect. The new rules replaced and superseded the previous law regarding powers of attorney. A power of attorney is usable only when the principal (the person who gave the power) is living.
Regular and Durable Power of Attorney – What’s the Difference?
There are various types of Power of Attorney, and it’s important that you know the difference. If you think you need a Florida Power of Attorney to appoint an agent or attorney-in-fact to act on your behalf, and you don’t understand the various types of Power of Attorney and their specific provisions and ramifications, you should consult with a licensed attorney.
What is Power of Attorney?
A Power of Attorney in Florida is a legal document that provides a way to appoint another person to have legal authority to take action and make decisions on your behalf and in your best interests. The person you appoint is called your attorney-in-fact or your agent, and you are referred to as the principal. You decide the scope of the powers that you want to give your agent. They can be very broad, or very narrow, such as allowing someone to pay your monthly bills on your behalf.
Florida Durable Power of Attorney – Incapacity of the Principal
A Florida Durable Power of Attorney contains specific language which makes it clear that this power extends to your agent or attorney-in-fact even in the event that you become incapacitated due to accident or illness and cannot make decisions for yourself. This type of Florida power of attorney is used commonly by people who want to plan for a time when they may be incapacitated or if they are planning to be away from their home or family for an extended period.
A regular power of attorney ends if you, the principal, becomes incapacitated. Having a non-durable power of attorney could be devastating if you were depending on the document to allow your agent to act on your behalf when you are unable.
There are other power of attorney documents such as a general power of attorney, financial power of attorney, medical power of attorney, tax power of attorney, and a power of attorney dealing with real estate. If you don’t know which one is right for your situation, you should consult with an attorney.
Choose Someone You Trust
Since your attorney-in-fact will have significant power over your personal affairs once you execute your Florida Power of Attorney document, it’s vital that you only appoint someone who you trust implicitly. Most choose a close relative or friend. It may be a good idea to appoint an alternate agent, in case your first choice is not available.
Services We Provide
Florida Document Specialists will type your Florida Power of Attorney to your specific wishes using the information that you provide. We use the most up-to-date Florida power of attorney forms. We will also provide two witnesses for you as required by law, and we will notarize your document. You will leave our office with a fully executed Florida Power of Attorney. Best practices that we have adopted as a company do not permit us to meet people at their homes, in hospitals, in assisted living, hospice, etc. In situations such as these, we can still type the document for you, but you will have to arrange for your own notary and witnesses.
How Much Do You Charge?
For a fully executed Florida Power of Attorney, which includes two witnesses and a notary, our fee is $50. If you bundle your Power of Attorney with a Will, Living Will, Health Care Surrogacy, or other document preparation services, we will discount the price. Our office is a relaxed environment with an air conditioned conference room, coffee service, and friendly staff. If you simply want your Florida Durable Power of Attorney typed and mailed or emailed to you, call us for a quote. We promise you a personalized experience, much better than downloading forms from a national site or buying document packets at an office supply store that are typically incomplete.
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