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Washington Power Of Attorney Forms provide the paperwork (oftentimes) legally required to appoint another person to act in your name and on your behalf. There are times when you may be unavailable to handle your own affairs, or you may have become legally incapacitated and unable to make your own decisions. At such times, life and responsibilities will still go on. This paperwork can serve as a precaution that your responsibilities will still be fulfilled by someone you have chosen. In some cases, this may be a qualified professional (i.e. when naming a tax representative) while in others it may be a relation (i.e. naming your child’s temporary guardian). In any case, the form being used and the agent being chosen should both be appropriate to the subject matter-at-hand. You can choose to appoint an agent to handle only one or two financial matters, real estate purchases, tax filings, or give a broad scope of authority to an agent based on whether or not you are incapacitated. All such delegations of authority must be signed by the principal issuing the document.

Laws – Chapter 11.94 RCW (Power of Attorney)

All Types

Durable (Financial) Power of Attorney – This type is generally used for long term estate planning as it remains in effect even if you become incapacitated. It allows you to grant general financial powers to another.

Durable (Health Care) Power of Attorney – This type of POA is for appointing a loved one to make health care decisions on your behalf if you are unable to communicate your wishes to your health care providers.

General (Financial) Power of Attorney – This type also allows you to grant another general financial powers, but it terminates if your doctor has indicated that you no longer have the capacity to make reasonable decisions.

Limited (Springing) Power of Attorney – This type is for limited circumstances and can be tailored to suit your needs.

Guardian of Minor Power of Attorney – Allows another individual to take care of their child and make educational and/or medical decisions.

Real Estate Power of Attorney – Also referred to as a “Special” power of attorney document for the handling of another’s real estate holdings in accordance with § 11.94.050.

Revocation of Power of Attorney – This form is for revoking any type of POA that you may have entered into previously.

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

  • Download: Adobe PDF
  • Signing Requirement: Agent(s)

Vehicle Power of Attorney – This form is for handling matters involving motor vehicle transfers or registration and titling in the State of Washington.

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  • Signing Requirement: Notary Public

How to Write

1 – View And Download The Washington Appointment Of Authority Paperwork

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2 – Clearly Define The Principal And The Attorney-in-Fact

The first paragraph will disclose the relevance of the Principal’s health as per RCW 11.94.010. The Principal and the Agent should both be familiar with these statutes before this document is completed and signed. The next paragraph requests some information to supplement its designation of Power to the Attorney-in-Fact. Use the first empty line to document the Full Legal Name of the Principal.

In addition to the Principal’s Name, his or her Address should be presented on the second empty line while the third one should have the Principal’s State recorded on it. The Attorney-in-Fact of this delegation should be identified using the next few blank spaces in this paragraph. The Full Legal Name of this entity should be placed on the blank line after the words “…Hereby Designate” To conclude this paragraph the Street Address and the State where the Attorney-in-Fact lives should be recorded on the last two blank lines of this paragraph

3 – The Effective Period Start Date Should Be Determined And Reported

Now, it will be time to discuss when or how these Principal Powers will go in Effect or become available to the Attorney-in-Fact. Two different methods to choose from are offered as a definitive manner to start the Attorney-in-Fact’s Principal Powers. The Principal can set these Powers in effect when he or she signs this document by initialing the first statement (“A”) or put this document in effect when he or she is physically unable to make his or her own decisions by initialing the second statement (“B”).

4 – Only Principal Approved Authority Can Be Appointed To The Attorney-in-Fact

The Principal will have to personally attend to the section titled “Powers Of Attorney-in-Fact” as well. Here, the Principal is presented with several statements that act as descriptions of the Principal Powers that can be assigned to the Attorney-in-Fact. The Principal must initial every single Principal Power description that he or she wants to delegate to the Attorney-in-Fact. The Principal can assign the “Banking” Powers listed in the first statement to the Attorney-in-Fact if he or she initials the empty line just before the bold title “Banking.” The “Safe Deposit Box” Power enables the Principal to give the Attorney-in-Fact the ability to open and control the Principal’s Safe Deposit Boxes. If the Principal intends to grant such access and control to the Attorney-in-Fact, then he or she must initial the second box. The Principal may have decided that his or her Attorney-in-Fact should be appointed with the same “Lending Or Borrowing” Powers he or she carries and wields. If so, then he or she should initial the empty space attached to the third Power Description. The Principal’s “Government Benefits” Power is available to the Attorney-in-Fact if the Principal presents his or her initials to the blank space preceding the fourth item on this list. The “Retirement Plan” Power that can be granted to the Attorney-in-Fact can only be done so, if the Principal supplies his or her initials to the fifth statement item. If the Attorney-in-Fact should be granted the “Taxes” Power, then the Principal must initial the sixth paragraph. It should be noted that while initialing this paragraph will satisfy this document’s requirements to grant the Attorney-in-Fact Principal Powers in this area, concerned Tax Entities may have additional requirements and submissions that would have to be fulfilled. The seventh item, defining the “Insurance” Power, contains the description required to allow the Attorney-in-Fact the ability to make decisions and take actions using this Principal Power. The Attorney-in-Fact will not have the ability to “Cash In Or Change” a Life Insurance Policy’s Beneficiary. The Principal can grant the Attorney-in-Fact the “Real Estate” Power by initialing the blank space that precedes the eighth paragraph. The “Personal Property” Power will be appointed to the Principal’s Attorney-in-Fact as per the ninth paragraph once the Principal initials the blank line attached to it. The “Power To Manage Property” the Principal holds can be granted to the Attorney-in-Fact when the Principal initials the line that precedes this paragraph label. The “Gifts” Power can be delivered to the Attorney-in-Fact when the Principal provides his or her initials to this item.

The last item, the “Legal Advice And Proceedings” Power, will only be designated to the Attorney-in-Fact’s Principal Authority if the Principal initials the blank space associated with its paragraph description.  If there are any additional Powers the Principal intends to grant the Attorney-in-Fact that have not been described in this section, then supply a detailed report defining them on the blank lines in “Special Instructions.” Similarly, if there should be any limitations or restrictions placed on the Attorney-in-Fact’s use of Principal Power then such restrictions can also be described in this area as well. The blank lines here will accept any instructions, provisions, or preferences the Principal believes should be applied.

5 – The Principal Signing Requires Two Witnesses And A Notary Public

The Principal will have to Date this paperwork (especially if he or she initialed statement “A” in the “Effective Date” section) using the “In Witness Whereof…” statement below the “Photocopies” terms. The Calendar Date the Principal reports here will be regarded as the Principal’s Signature Date. The line under this statement, “Principal’s Signature,” requires the Principal to sign his or her Name on the reported Date before two Signature Witnesses and a Notary Public Next, both Witnesses will have to present their Signatures and Addresses as verification that the statement beginning with the phrase “We, The Witness, Each Do Hereby Declare…” is true. Finally, the Notary Public will use the final section of this Signature area to notarize the signing with his or her credentials and notary stamp. 6 – The Attorney-in-Fact Will Have His Or Own Area To Attend To

The Attorney-in-Fact will have to formally provide evidence that he or she is aware of being designated with Principal Power when the Principal executes this document. The Attorney-in-Fact’s full name must be supplied to the first blank line below the section titled “Specimen Signature And Acceptance Of Appointment.” Present this statement to the Attorney-in-Fact so that he or she can sign the “Attorney-in-Fact’s Signature” line.

The Notary Public will use the section below the Attorney-in-Fact’s Signature to notarize the Principal Agent’s Signing.