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Massachusetts Power of Attorney Forms is a type of legal document that can be used in a variety of situations, usually when you are unavailable and need someone to act in your place. Some situations call for principal power to be available for a limited period of time or for specific transactions while other situations require long-term effectiveness or seek to deliver a broader range of power. In all cases, you need to make sure that the person you decide to act for you is someone that you trust implicitly and who is reliable. It will need to be someone you know well, usually a spouse, relative or friend. In some cases, such as with tax POAs, you might appoint a professional to act for you. In Massachusetts, the POA falls under Chapter 190B of the Massachusetts General Laws.

Types


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, Microsoft Word (.doc)
  • Signing Requirements: Not mentioned, but it is recommended to have two (2) Witnesses and a Notary Public sign.

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). This document becomes void if you become unable to make your own decisions as determined by a doctor.

  • Download: Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word (.doc)
  • Signing Requirements: Not mentioned, but it is recommended to have two (2) Witnesses and a Notary Public sign.

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, Microsoft Word (.doc)
  • Signing Requirements: Not mentioned, but it is recommended to have two (2) Witnesses and a Notary Public sign.

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, Microsoft Word (.doc)
  • 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.


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, Microsoft Word (.doc)
  • Signing Requirements: Not mentioned, but it is recommended to have two (2) Witnesses and a Notary Public sign.

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, Microsoft Word (.doc)
  • Signing Requirements: Not mentioned, but it is recommended to have two (2) Witnesses and a Notary Public sign.

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 Public

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.


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