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Michigan Power Of Attorney provides a method by which you can appoint someone to represent your interests and act in your place with the same authority you carry. This means that the person you appoint will have access to information and the ability to conduct a variety of transactions with your name. Therefore, it is necessary that you know and trust the person you appoint as an agent.  Many people use powers of attorney for a broad range of circumstances. For instance, one may desire to have such paperwork in place for a real estate transaction because they will be away on the date of the closing. This would be a limited POA. Another person may want to plan for the event that they are incapacitated and need someone of sound mind to handle their financial affairs. The form they may use is a durable POA.  In Michigan, all forms should comply with MCL Chapter 700.


Durable Power of Attorney – If you are doing long-term planning and want to plan for the possibility of your incapacity, a durable POA can be helpful as it allows someone to take over your affairs when you can no longer handle them yourself.

General Power of Attorney – If you need someone to represent your general financial interests, but you do not want the power to continue beyond when you have the sound mind to revoke it, you should use this form. It is different from the durable form in that it becomes void in the event you are determined to be incompetent.

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

Guardian of Minor Child Power of Attorney – If you anticipate being unavailable or you want to plan for military deployment or long-term hospitalization, this form allows you to designate someone to care for your children and make decisions on their behalf.

Limited Power of Attorney – If you just need someone to represent you for a discrete transaction, a limited POA is probably the way you want to go.

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

Patient Advocate Designation (Medical POA) – If you want to plan ahead and have someone in place in the unfortunate situation of being unconscious or otherwise unable to speak for yourself with regard to health matters, you can use this form to appoint an advocate.

Power of Attorney Revocation Form – If you have created a POA and realize that you do not want it to continue, you should use this form to revoke it. It is important that in addition to using this form that you inform people by providing copies of the form to those that may be relying on the document you are revoking.

  • 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 Form – To elect an individual to handle the selling, leasing, or everyday management of the property.

  • Download: Adobe PDF
  • Signing Requirements: Notary Public

Tax Power of Attorney Form – If you need your accountant or tax attorney to make filings for you with the tax department, you may need to fill out this form.

  • Download: Adobe PDF
  • Signing Requirements: Principal

Vehicle Power of Attorney – If you need to have someone else take care of your registration and titling of your vehicle, you may need to fill out one of these forms.

  • Download: Adobe PDF
  • Signing Requirements: Principal

How to Write

1 – The Michigan Form To Designate Principal Authority Should Be Obtained

You may obtain this Michigan Form To Delegate Power Through the buttons below the image on the right. Make sure you have a program that can edit the file type you download. If not, you may simply print this form then supply the information required.

2 – The Individuals Involved With This Appointment of Authority Are Required

The blank space labeled “Print or Type Your Full Name” refers to the Name of the Principal. This person will empower an Attorney-in-Fact with the same Authority he or she has in the subject matters defined in this document. Fill in the name of this person on this line.

The heading “Appointment Of Agent” will need some information to properly declare the Principal’s Approval for the Agent or Attorney-in-Fact’s use of Principal Power or Authority. First, enter the Name of the Attorney-in-File on the blank space labeled “Insert Name of Agent.” Then, report the relationship this individual holds with the Principal on the line labeled “(Spouse, Child, Friend…).” The next space, after the words “…living at,” requires the Full Address of the Attorney-in-Fact to be entered.

On the blank line labeled “Name of Successor Agent,” enter the Name of the individual who the Principal has named as assuming Principal Power should the Primary Agent be unavailable or unable to assume Principal Power. Then enter the Relationship to the Principal the Successor Agent holds as well as his or her Address on the next two blank spaces.

3 – A Definition To The Durability Of This Appointment

A delegation of Power is said to be Durable if it remains in Effect if the Principal is diagnosed as being incapacitated, disabled, or otherwise unable to his or her affairs by a professional such as a Doctor. The area title “Effective Date” produces two choices to define this delegation of Power as either Durable or Nondurable. If this document is Durable, meaning the Attorney-in-Fact will retain Principal Power regardless of the Principal’s Physical or Mental Disability, the Principal will need to initial the first blank line in this statement. If the Principal requires the Agent to relinquish his or her Principal Power when rendered incapacitate or disabled, then he or she should initial the second blank line in this section.

4 – Principal Powers Delivered To The Agent Are Presented In A List

The Principal Powers the Agent wields are listed in the section labeled “Powers.” This will be presented in a numbered list of subject matters that are generally considered areas where a Principal grants Authority to an Agent. All the items in this section that are present at the time of signing will be considered valid definitions to the Agent’s Principal Power. If the Principal does not wish to grant power in one of these matters to the Agent, then cross out that item or delete it using an editing program.

Subject Matter Number 1 will be “Banking.” The Principal should read everything written in this item. If he or she wishes to grant the Principal Power that is described in these statements to the Agent, then he or should leave this paragraph unmarked. However, if the Agent should not have the Powers defined in these statements, then delete or cross out this item.

The Government Benefits the Principal deals with or can deal with can be acted on by the Primary Agent if Subject Matter Number 2 is unaltered. To exclude these Powers from those granted to the Agent, then remove this paragraph item or strike through it.

The Power to act as the Principal in relation to the Principal’s Investments will be granted to the Agent as a result of Subject Matter 3. Strikethrough this paragraph or delete it, if the Principal wishes to restrict the Agent from this type of Authority.

Refer to the Fourth Subject Matter for a definition of the actions the Agent may take with Principal Authority in the Principal’s “Retirement Plan.” Delete this Item or cross it out if the Principal does not wish it included as one of the Agent’s Principal Powers.

The Fifth Subject Matter, “Taxes,” will address the Principal Powers to be given to the Agent in Principal Tax Matters. This may be left out of the Powers granted to the Agent once it is removed or crossed out.

The Subject Matter of “Insurance” will be discussed in the sixth item. If the Principal intends such Powers excluded from the Agent’s Principal Authority, then cross out or remove this item.

The Principal’s “Real Estate” Powers may be granted to the Agent as per Subject Matter Number 7, unless this item is deleted or crossed out.

The Agent will be empowered to handle the “Personal Property” of the Principal as if he or she were the Principal through the language in Subject Matter Number 8. These Powers may be withheld from the Primary Agent if this list item is crossed out or altogether deleted.

If the Principal leaves Item Number 9 unmarked and unaltered, the Agent will be granted Principal Authority in the subject of “Legal Advice And Proceedings.”

What the Agent may do with the Principal’s “Estate Plan” is discussed in Subject Matter Number 10. The ability to act as the Principal’s Agent in these matters may be restricted from this paperwork if this item is struck through or deleted.

The “Special Instructions” section will contain enough room for the Principal to include any restrictions or additions to the Principal Powers granted through this document. Report such Principal instructions in this section.

The “Other Provisions” section will also provide some facts that apply to the Agent’s Principal Powers. The first statement will release third parties from liability to the Estate if they act accordingly.

The second statement, that if the Agent acts according to these instructions then he or she will be held liable under this Power. The only exception would be a breaching Fiduciary Duties.

The next statement entitles the Agent to seek Reimbursement when it is reasonable.

Finally, the last statement reserves the Principal’s right to amend or revoke this power while releasing unknowing third parties from liability if they are unaware of an existing revocation and act as a result of these Powers. While any of these statements may be removed, it is strongly recommended the Principal consult with an Attorney before doing so.

5 – A Notarized Signature Of The Principal Will Execute This Form

The “Signature Of The Principal” section will require three items that must be supplied by the Principal issuing this paperwork: The Signature Date, The Principal’s Signature, and the Principal’s Address. The Principal should supply these items on the blank lines labeled “Dated,” “Signed,” and “Address.”The “Statement And Signature Of Witnesses” section will also require three items but these may only be supplied by the Witnesses who have physically watched the Principal signing this delegation of Power. Each Witness must supply his or her Printed Name, Signature, and Address on the blank lines labeled “Print Name,” “Signature Of Witness,” and “Address.” The last section, “Signature of Notary,” will be satisfied by the Notary Public present to notarize this form’s signing.