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California Power of Attorney Forms can be used to grant certain powers to a trusted friend or relative in the event the person granting the powers, or principal, is unable or unavailable to act when required. The person acting on behalf of the principal, otherwise known as the agent, is expected to make all decisions in the best interest of the principal. The document can specify broad or narrow powers. Additionally, it can be tailored to be in effect for a long period of time or a short period of time.

Signature – All forms should comply with § 4121 of the California Probate Code and must be signed with at least two (2) witnesses (in accordance with § 4122) or a Notary acknowledgment.

Types (9)


 

Advance Health Care Directive – Allows a person to select a health care agent and set out their end-of-life treatment options.

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Signing Requirements (§ 4701): Two (2) Witnesses or a Notary acknowledgment

 


 

Durable Power of Attorney – Allows someone else to handle financial decisions while they are coherent and if they should become incapacitated.

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Signing Requirements (§ 4121): Two (2) Witnesses or a Notary acknowledgment

 


 

General Power of Attorney – Allows an individual to give certain financial powers to someone else while they are coherent. If they should become incapacitated, the form becomes void.

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Signing Requirements (§ 4121): Two (2) Witnesses or a Notary acknowledgment

 


 

Limited Power of Attorney – This form is meant to take into account certain limited situations where a principal needs to have an agent act for him or her.

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Signing Requirements (§ 4121): Two (2) Witnesses or a Notary acknowledgment

 


 

Parental (Minor Children) Power of Attorney – This form permits a parent to grant the power to a temporary guardian to make decisions on behalf of their children in case the parent has to be away from the children for a period of time and therefore unable to make everyday decisions for them.

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Real Estate Power of Attorney – For the sale, management, or purchasing of real property on behalf of someone else.

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Signing Requirements (§ 4121): Two (2) Witnesses or a Notary acknowledgment

 


 

Revocation of Power of Attorney – This form is used when a person of sound mind seeks to revoke a power of attorney they may have created in the past.

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Tax Power of Attorney – This form is used when a person seeks to have someone else represent them in matters involving the California Tax Service Center.

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Signing Requirements: Principal Only

 

 


 

Vehicle Power of Attorney – This form is helpful in the event someone needs to have a representative handle matters with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Signing Requirements: Principal Only

 


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