Florida power of attorney forms are executed for the purposes of authorizing a trusted representative (“agent” or “attorney-in-fact”) to take control over a person’s affairs. The person executing the power of attorney (“principal”) has a variety of forms to choose from depending on which powers they wish to assign to their attorney-in-fact; for example, the principal could draft a document that covers health care decisions, financial matters, real estate transactions, and taxes. A power of attorney is a useful tool for individuals who need someone else to manage certain components of their estate and for those wishing to implement a safety net of sorts in the event that they are unable to make important decisions for themselves in the future. Although an agent is bound by the power of attorney form to act with the principal’s best interests in mind, it is important for the principal to appoint someone they trust completely.
By Type (10)
Advance Directive – Combines a medical POA (to appoint an agent to make health care decisions for the principal) and a living will (instructions for medical staff regarding end-of-life care).
Durable Power of Attorney – This form is used to select a financial agent to oversee the principal’s finances even in the event of incapacitation.
General (non-durable) Power of Attorney – Authorizes an agent to handle a principal’s finances during their lifetime. This document does not remain valid if the principal becomes debilitated.
Limited Power of Attorney – A power of attorney form that grants specific and limited responsibilities and duties to an authorized agent.
Living Will – This document allows a person to communicate which medical treatments and procedures they do and do not wish to receive in the event that they are not able to convey their wishes due to health complications.
Medical Power of Attorney – Used to appoint an attorney-in-fact to make health care decisions for the principal if they are unable to do so for themselves.
Motor Vehicle (HSMV 82053) Power of Attorney – This form authorizes an agent to handle one specific vehicle transaction (title transfer, title application, registration, etc.) for the principal.
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Signing Requirements: Vehicle owner(s)
Minor (Child) Power of Attorney – Executed by the parent(s) of a child or children to temporarily transfer guardianship to a trusted agent.
Real Estate Power of Attorney – This document enables a principal to appoint an agent to handle one or more real estate transactions for them.
Tax (Form DR-835) Power of Attorney – This form assigns an agent (usually CPA or tax professional) to handle a person’s tax return and other related tasks.
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Signing Requirements: Taxpayer + representative(s)