New York Power of Attorney Forms

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New York power of attorney forms gives an individual the right to choose someone else to handle their affairs for financial, medical, or other purposes. Depending on the form selected, the person giving power (“principal”) can make the form last for a specific time period or for the remainder of their life, referred to as “durable.” It is common for the agent to be a spouse or a close family member as it is highly recommended to be a trusted individual. The form can be used immediately after signing under the State requirements.

Types (9)


Durable (Statutory) Power of Attorney – Allows a person (“principal”) to choose someone else (“agent”) to conduct financial activities on their behalf. Remains valid if the principal becomes incapacitated.

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Signing Requirements (GOB § 5-1501B): Notary public or another authorized official in accordance with RPP § 298.

 


General (Financial) Power of Attorney – Used similarly to the durable power of attorney except does not remain valid if the principal becomes incapacitated.

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Signing Requirements (GOB § 5-1501B): Notary public or another authorized official in accordance with RPP § 298.

 


Limited Power of Attorney – This type is for limited transactions and circumstances. Usually, it is used if the principal is going to be for a temporary period of time when a transaction, like a closing, is supposed to take place. This allows the closing to proceed by having a proxy act in the principal’s place.

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Signing Requirements (GOB § 5-1501B): Notary public or another authorized official in accordance with RPP § 298.

 


Medical Power of Attorney – Or “health care proxy”, allows the principal to appoint a friend or relative who they trust to make their health care wishes (if they cannot do so themself).

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Signing Requirements (PBH § 2981(2)): Two (2) witnesses.

 


Minor (Child) Power of Attorney – This form is used by parents when they anticipate being away from their children for a period of time and they want their child’s caretaker to have the ability to make decisions on behalf of their children in the event the parents can’t be reached.

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Signing Requirements (GOB § 5-1501B): Notary public or another authorized official in accordance with RPP § 298.

 


Revocation of Power of Attorney – This form is used when a principal desires to have an existing POA terminated. It is important that in addition to filling out this form that you provide copies of it to your agent and others who may be relying on the original POA.

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Signing Requirements (GOB § 5-1511): Not mentioned; notary public is recommended.

 


Real Estate Power of Attorney – For the use of an individual seeking to hand over their rights in relation to real property that they own. The owner may also make decisions in reference to the property but the agent selected will also have the same powers even if the principal should become incapacitated.

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Signing Requirements (GOB § 5-1501B): Notary public or another authorized official in accordance with RPP § 298.

 


Tax Power of Attorney (Form POA-1) – This form is used to appoint a tax professional in order to allow them to act on your behalf with the New York state tax authority.

Download: Adobe PDF

Signing Requirements: Notary public or two (2) witnesses.

 


Vehicle Power of Attorney – In the event that you want to have someone represent your interests in front of the motor vehicle authority in New York with regard to titling and registering a vehicle, you can use this form.

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Signing Requirements (GOB § 5-1501B): Notary public or another authorized official in accordance with RPP § 298.

 


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