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California Power of Attorney Forms

California power of attorney forms are legal documents used by an individual to appoint an attorney-in-fact to manage their finances, health care, real estate, taxes, or other important matters. Each power of attorney form on the list below serves a different purpose and has a slightly unique process for establishing its validity. The attorney-in-fact appointed by the principal (the individual who creates the POA form) will be authorized to handle specific tasks and responsibilities as per the principal’s direction. They are bound by the power of attorney to act with the principal’s best interests in mind and must always perform their duties within the confines of the law.

By Type (8)

  1. Advance Directive
  2. Durable
  3. General
  4. Limited
  5. Motor Vehicle (REG 260)
  6. Minor (Child)
  7. Real Estate
  8. Tax (Form 3520-PIT)

Advance Directive – Includes a medical power of attorney portion and a section with instructions for health care professionals (living will).

Download: Adobe PDF
Signing Requirements (§ 4701): Two (2) Witnesses or Notary Public

 


Durable Power of Attorney – For designating an agent to act on behalf of a principal and does not terminate if the principal becomes incapacitated.

Download: Adobe PDF
Signing Requirements (§ 4121): Notary Public and Two (2) Witnesses

 


General (non-durable) Power of Attorney – Authorizes an attorney-in-fact to handle certain financial tasks for the principal; this document becomes void if the principal becomes incapacitated.

Download: Adobe PDF
Signing Requirements: (§ 4121(c)): Two (2) Witnesses or Notary Public

 


Limited Power of Attorney – A document used for giving an attorney-in-fact instructions for managing one (1) or more tasks on behalf of the principal (often related to business or property responsibilities).

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument
Signing Requirements (§ 4121(c)): Two (2) Witnesses or Notary Public

 


Motor Vehicle (REG 260) Power of Attorney – Authorizes an appointed agent to complete the process of transferring ownership of the principal’s vehicle to another individual.

Download: Adobe PDF
Signing Requirements:  Vehicle Owner(s)

 


Minor (Child) Power of Attorney – Used by parents/guardians to temporarily transfer parental duties to a trusted attorney-in-fact.

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument
Signing Requirements: (§ 4121): Notary Public or Two (2) Witnesses

 


Real Estate Power of Attorney – This form is executed to give an attorney-in-fact (such as a realtor) the power to handle property transactions and other related matters.

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument
Signing Requirements (§ 4121(c)): Two (2) Witnesses or Notary Public

 


Tax (Form 3520-PIT) Power of Attorney – Used to appoint a trusted representative (such as a CPA) to handle all or a portion of an individual’s tax filing.

Download: Adobe PDF
Signing Requirements: Taxpayer