Updated on September 1st, 2022
Massachusetts power of attorney forms are forms that are used to appoint an agent to act as an individual’s representative in making decisions and executing documents on their behalf. When the arrangement is designed to fulfill a singular purpose, such as overseeing a transaction, filing taxes, or executing documents, the power of attorney will usually terminate when it has been fulfilled.
General powers of attorney are also common and allow an agent to represent the principal in most financial matters. A durable power of attorney remains effective or becomes effective when the individual being represented (called the “principal”) is incapacitated and therefore allows them to have someone act on their behalf when they are unable to do so for themselves.
By Type (10)
Advance Directive – The principal uses this form to list their preferences in regards to medical and life-sustaining treatments, and to name a health care agent who becomes active if the principal is incapacitated.
Durable Power of Attorney – A financial power of attorney that is “durable,” which means that it is unaffected by the principal’s physical or mental incapacity.
General (non-durable) Power of Attorney – A “non-durable” financial power of attorney that terminates if the principal is incapacitated.
Limited Power of Attorney – This form is used when the principal wants to use an agent for a specific purpose and usually terminates once that purpose has been performed.
Living Will – In this form, the principal can list the types of medical treatments they will allow in the event of their incapacity.
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Medical Power of Attorney – Names a health care agent who will represent the principal in making medical decisions if they are incapacitated.
Motor Vehicle (RMV) Power of Attorney – Using this form, individuals can have a vehicle bought or sold in their name by a third party.
Minor (Child) Power of Attorney – The legal guardians or parents of a minor child can use this document to appoint an individual to act as the child’s guardian for a limited period of time.
Real Estate Power of Attorney – Real estate agents and other representatives use this form to obtain the authority to sell, buy, or manage real estate on an individual’s behalf.
Tax (Form M-2848) Power of Attorney – Most commonly used by registered accountants, this form allows a third party to file a taxpayer’s taxes on their behalf.
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Signing requirements: Taxpayer, representative(s), and two (2) witnesses or Notary Public