Missouri power of attorney forms appoint agents who are given the authority to sign documents, access information, and make decisions on behalf of the “principal” (the individual who is being represented). The agent (also known as the “attorney-in-fact”) is legally required to act in the principal’s best interest, as well as follow their instructions and keep in regular contact with them. In many cases, the power of attorney expires once its purpose has been fulfilled. For instance, if the arrangement is for the purchase or sale of the principal’s property or to file their taxes, the power of attorney will terminate once the action has been completed. Other powers of attorney endure throughout the principal’s lifetime and, in some cases, only come into effect if the principal is incapacitated.
By Type (8)
Advance Directive – A form that relays the principal’s instructions for end-of-life care and appoints an agent to make health care decisions if the principal is incapacitated.
Durable Power of Attorney – Appoints a financial agent whose powers of attorney remain viable in the event of the principal’s physical or mental incapacity.
General (non-durable) Power of Attorney – Used to name a financial agent who will be given power of attorney to act on the principal’s behalf. Unlike with a durable form, this arrangement does not endure the principal’s incapacity.
Limited Power of Attorney – Assigns limited financial powers of attorney to an agent and has a set termination date.
Motor Vehicle (Form 4054) Power of Attorney – Gives a third party the authority to transfer, title, or register a vehicle in the principal’s name.
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Signing requirements: Notarization
Minor (Child) Power of Attorney – A form that permits parents to appoint a temporary guardian for their minor children.
Real Estate Power of Attorney – This form grants a real estate agent the authority to buy, sell, or manage real estate on behalf of the principal.
Tax (Form 2827) Power of Attorney – Used to allow an accountant or other third party to access financial documents and file the principal’s taxes on their behalf.
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Signing requirements: Taxpayer and representative(s)