Michigan power of attorney forms allow an individual (the principal) to grant authority to another party (the “attorney-in-fact” or “agent”) to complete actions and make decisions on their behalf. The principal decides the scope of the powers of arrangement, which can be for a single transaction and terminate after its completion or to grant general financial powers to the agent and endure throughout the principal’s lifetime. Under state law, the agent is obligated to follow the principal’s instructions and cannot abuse their powers of attorney.
By Type (10)
Advance Directive – This form is used to prepare for the principal’s eventual incapacity and end-of-life care by recording their preferences regarding medical treatments and appointing a health care agent to represent them.
Durable Power of Attorney – A financial power of attorney document that doesn’t expire in the event of the principal’s incapacity.
General (non-durable) Power of Attorney – Grants general financial powers of attorney to an agent and expires if the principal is incapacitated.
Limited Power of Attorney – Gives an agent the right to represent the principal in a specific capacity for a limited duration.
Living Will – Individuals use this type of form to leave an official record of how they would like their health care to be managed if they become unconscious or otherwise incapacitated.
Medical Power of Attorney – In this form, the principal appoints a health care agent who becomes active if the principal is incapacitated.
Motor Vehicle (Form TR-128) Power of Attorney – A document that gives a third party the right to buy or sell a vehicle for the principal.
Signing requirements: Vehicle owner
Minor (Child) Power of Attorney – Often used during a period of absence, this form allows a parent to appoint a temporary guardian for their minor child.
Real Estate Power of Attorney – By using this form, real estate agents can be authorized to purchase, sell, or manage property on the principal’s behalf.
Tax (Form 151) Power of Attorney – This government form is used by individuals to authorize a third party to file their taxes.
Signing requirements: Taxpayer(s)