Iowa power of attorney forms allow an individual to appoint an agent (often referred to as an “attorney-in-fact”) to represent them in making financial or medical decisions. The individual for whom the document is drafted (the “principal”) will dictate the powers that are given to their representative in the contract. The contract may be effective for the principal’s lifetime or a defined period. In many cases, the principal’s signature must be acknowledged by a notary public for the contract to be valid.
By Type (10)
Advance Directive – Gives an individual the authority to make life-sustaining and end-of-life medical decisions should the principal become incapacitated. Furthermore, it allows the principal to relay their preferences regarding medical treatments.
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Signing requirements: Two (2) witnesses or Notary Public
Durable Power of Attorney – Grants specific financial powers to an appointed agent and does not terminate until the principal’s death (endures through incapacitation).
General (non-durable) Power of Attorney – Assigns financial powers of attorney to an individual that are effective until the expiration date of the contract or the principal’s incapacitation.
Limited Power of Attorney – This type of power of attorney gives only specific or special authorities to the agent, meaning that it is often only used for one purpose.
Living Will – This document records the principal’s wishes and convictions regarding end-of-life care that should be followed in the event of their incapacitation.
Medical Power of Attorney – This contract appoints a healthcare agent to act as the principal’s representative in making medical decisions.
Motor Vehicle (Form 411021) Power of Attorney – If an individual wishes for a third party to purchase or sell a vehicle in their name, they must use this state-approved form to appoint them.
Minor (Child) Power of Attorney – This document gives legal parental authority over a minor to an individual for a limited period of time.
Real Estate Power of Attorney – Appoints a third party agent to act as the principal’s representative in the purchase or sale of real estate. Can also be used to grant the authority to manage or refinance the principal’s property.
Tax (IA 2848) Power of Attorney – Gives an agent (usually an accountant) the right to access financial documents and submit tax returns on behalf of the taxpayer.
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Signing requirements: Taxpayer(s)