North Carolina power of attorney forms are legal tools that allow an individual to act on behalf of another with respect to health care, property, finances, and parental responsibilities. The person assigning power (the principal), using the power of attorney form, will select an agent to perform the duties defined within the document. Unless stated otherwise, all POA forms in North Carolina are durable, which means the agent may continue to act even if the principal becomes ill or otherwise loses their capacity to communicate.
By Type (10)
Advance Directive – Provides information about the principal’s end-of-life medical preferences. This document incorporates both a living will and a durable medical power of attorney.
Durable Power of Attorney – Empowers an agent with authorization to make financial decisions for a principal. If the principal becomes incapacitated, the agent’s powers will remain in effect.
General (non-durable) Power of Attorney – Enables an agent to represent the financial interests of a principal. Unlike a durable power of attorney, this document ceases to be effective if the principal becomes mentally incapacitated.
Limited Power of Attorney – The authority granted through this power of attorney is limited in scope. Depending on the preferences of the principal, the document will either terminate upon a specific date or after the agent fulfills their responsibilities.
Living Will – Instructs healthcare providers to withhold or apply life-sustaining measures in specific medical circumstances.
Medical Power of Attorney – Allows an agent to represent a principal and communicate their health care preferences once they become incapacitated.
Motor Vehicle (Form MVR-63) Power of Attorney – Designates a representative to perform motor vehicle transactions on the principal’s behalf.
Download: Adobe PDF
Signing requirements: Notarization
Minor (Child) Power of Attorney – Allows a parent or legal guardian to appoint an agent to act on their behalf and make decisions for their child.
Real Estate Power of Attorney – Provides an agent with the authority to conduct real estate transactions for a property owner or prospective buyer.
Tax (Form GEN-58) Power of Attorney – Authorizes an individual to act on behalf of a principal and handle their tax filings.
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Signing requirements: Taxpayer(s) and representative(s)