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Massachusetts power of attorney forms gives legal permission to allow a person (“principal”) to select someone else (“agent”) to handle decisions on their behalf and in their best interests. Under State law, an individual may grant medical, financial, parental, tax, vehicle, or any other responsibility to a selected person. If the form is durable, the designation will remain in effect even if the principal can no longer mentally think for themselves (e.g. Dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.). Once a power of attorney document is written and signed in accordance with State law it is immediately available for use.

Types (9)


Durable Power of Attorney – You can appoint a trusted friend or relative to act on your behalf for your financial and other matters which will start or continue through your incapacity (inability to mentally make decisions in your best interest).

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument

Signing Requirements: Notary acknowledgment is required.

 


General Power of Attorney – You can appoint a friend or relative that you trust to handle your financial affairs up until your incapacity (inability to make decisions in your own best interest).

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument

Signing Requirements: Notary public

 


Limited Power of Attorney – You can appoint someone to handle a single transaction or deal with your affairs for a short period of time.

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument

Signing Requirements: Two (2) witnesses

 


Health Care Proxy – You can appoint a person to represent your medical interests. In other words, someone that you appoint can make medical decisions on your behalf if you cannot.

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument

Signing Requirements (§ 201D-2): Two (2) Witnesses

 


Guardian of Minor Power of Attorney – You can appoint someone to be a temporary guardian for your child. This person will be able to make decisions on behalf of your children, such as medical and educational decisions.

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument

Signing Requirements (§ 5-2025-503(b)): Notary acknowledgment

 


Power of Attorney Revocation – You can revoke any previous POA that you executed in the past. You must be of sound mind to execute this document.

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument

Signing Requirements: Not mentioned, but Two (2) Witnesses and a Notary acknowledgment is recommended.

 


Real Estate Power of Attorney – For the right to select another person to handle property such as managing tenants, negotiating a sale, or purchasing on behalf of an individual.

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument

Signing Requirements: Not mentioned, but Two (2) Witnesses and a Notary acknowledgment is recommended.

 


Tax Power of Attorney Form – You can appoint someone, usually a tax attorney or accountant to make filings on your behalf with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

Download: Adobe PDF

Signing Requirements: Two (2) Witnesses and Notary acknowledgment

 


Vehicle Power of Attorney – You can appoint a friend or relative or another person to handle your registration and titling issues with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument

Signing Requirements: Notary acknowledgment

 


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