New Jersey power of attorney forms are created by a principal to appoint a personal representative, or “agent,” who can make decisions on their behalf. Before putting a power of attorney into effect, the principal must consider the boundaries in which the representative will act, particularly the type of authority (e.g., financial, medical, tax) and whether the powers are durable. A power of attorney that is durable is one that remains effective while the principal is incapacitated.
By Type (10)
Advance Directive – Conveys the principal’s wishes concerning life-sustaining treatments, artificial nutrition, and organ donation. Included in this document is a “living will” and a “medical power of attorney.”
Durable Power of Attorney – Grants power to an agent to make financial decisions for the principal. The agent’s powers remain effective even if the principal becomes incapacitated.
General (non-durable) Power of Attorney – Provides an agent with a broad range of financial powers that cease to be effective once the principal becomes incapacitated.
Limited Power of Attorney – Grants authority in a similar manner as a general power of attorney document but significantly restricts the transactions that can be performed by the agent.
Living Will – Describes the medical treatments that a principal wishes to receive when they’re unable to provide their consent due to incapacitation.
Medical Power of Attorney – Allows the principal to choose an agent who can communicate their health care preferences to medical professionals upon incapacitation.
Motor Vehicle (MVC) Power of Attorney – Designates an authorized agent to act on behalf of a principal for matters involving motor vehicles.
Download: Adobe PDF
Signing requirements: Notarization
Minor (Child) Power of Attorney – Parents and legal guardians may use this document to appoint a representative to make decisions regarding their child’s education and health care.
Real Estate Power of Attorney – Allows an agent to handle a principal’s real estate transactions such as buying and selling property.
Tax (Form M-5008-R) Power of Attorney – Used to designate a tax representative and grant authority to execute tax-related transactions on the principal’s behalf.
Download: Adobe PDF
Signing requirements: Taxpayer(s) and representative(s)