Illinois power of attorney forms are designed to transfer certain authorities to a representative, also known as an “agent” or “attorney-in-fact.” The principal (person who executed the document) would be wise to appoint an agent who they trust and who will be capable of performing the duties as set forth in the POA document. Some of these powers of attorney give an agent power over very critical and sensitive aspects of the principal’s life. The list below includes forms that cover financial affairs, medical decisions, tax returns, vehicle and property transactions, and guardianship over minors.
By Type (10)
Advance Directive – An advance directive form combines a living will (set of instructions for health care professionals) and a medical power of attorney (designates an agent to make health care decisions for the principal).
Durable Power of Attorney – Used to designate an agent to manage the principal’s financial affairs; does not terminate if the principal becomes incapacitated.
General (non-durable) Power of Attorney – Grants certain financial powers to an agent; does not endure should the principal be unable to make decisions for themselves.
Limited Power of Attorney – Used to authorize an attorney-in-fact to handle one or a few specific tasks (typically of a financial nature) for the principal. This type of form is temporary and restricted in its scope.
Living Will – This document allows a person to convey their wishes regarding end-of-life treatments, medications, and procedures.
Medical Power of Attorney – A power of attorney form that appoints an agent to represent the principal’s interests regarding health care.
Motor Vehicle (Form RT-5) Power of Attorney – Can be used to allow an elected agent to handle a vehicle transfer, registration, or other related tasks.
Download: Adobe PDF
Signing requirements: Vehicle owner
Minor (Child) Power of Attorney – Executed by a child’s parents to transfer parental rights and obligations to a trusted representative.
Real Estate Power of Attorney – Often used to appoint a realtor or similar agent to perform property transactions on the principal’s behalf.
Tax (IL-2848) Power of Attorney – A tax power of attorney form is used to appoint an agent to represent the principal in dealing with the Department of Revenue.
Download: Adobe PDF
Signing requirements: Taxpayer(s) and two (2) witnesses or Notary Public