Maryland Power of Attorney Forms (8 Types)

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Updated July 29, 2022

A Maryland power of attorney lets an individual (the principal) appoint another to represent their best interests as their agent in a variety of circumstances and situations. These situations can range from general financial matters to more specifically defined or limited purposes. It is very important the principal can rely on the person the agent because they will make decisions affecting their property or finances as if they were the principal themself. In addition, it is important the principal review the document they choose carefully to make sure it fits your needs.


Advance Directive – Used to designate a person to represent your health care decisions and interests on your behalf.

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Signing Requirements (§ 5-602): Two (2) witnesses.

 

 


Durable (Statutory) Power of Attorney – For use when you want to prepare ahead of time for your incapacity when you need someone to be able to handle your affairs if you become incapacitated.

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Signing Requirements (MD Code, Estates and Trusts, § 17-110): Two (2) witnesses and a notary public.

 


General (Financial) Power of Attorney – For general financial affairs, but it becomes void if the principal becomes incapacitated. It should not be used if you are planning for incapacity.

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Signing Requirements (MD Code, Estates and Trusts, §§ 17-110, 17-202): Two (2) witnesses and a notary public.

 


Limited Power of Attorney – For those situations where you have a discrete-time period or transaction where you need someone to stand in your place.

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Signing Requirements (MD Code, Estates and Trusts, § 17-203): Two (2) witnesses and a notary public.

 


Minor (Child) Power of Attorney – For those situations when you need someone to be in charge of your children if you are away or unavailable.

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Signing Requirements (§ 17-202§ 13-708): Two (2) witnesses and a notary public.

 


Revocation of Power of Attorney – Used when you want to cancel a poa that you had made previously. In addition to preparing this form, it is important that you inform interested parties that you are canceling as well.

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Signing Requirements: No laws, but a notary acknowledgment is recommended.

 


Tax Power of Attorney Form – The State of Maryland recognizes the Federal Tax Form 2848 for all power of attorney tax purposes.

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Signing Requirements: The principal only.

 

 


Vehicle Power of Attorney – Allows you to appoint someone to handle your vehicle titling and registration transactions with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.

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Signing Requirements: The principal only.

 


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