New York power of attorney forms are legal instruments that grant authority to act on behalf of another person’s business or private affairs. The document is executed by a “principal” who will select one (1) or more agents to represent them in matters such as health care decisions, real estate management, motor vehicle registration, tax filing, and childcare. An important consideration when assigning responsibility is whether or not the powers are “durable.” If they are, the agent’s authority will not be affected by the incapacity of the principal.
By Type (10)
Advance Directive – Determines what life-sustaining medical treatments should be applied when an individual is unable to communicate due to illness or incapacitation. Also included in this advance directive is a medical power of attorney and a living will.
Durable Power of Attorney – Allows an agent to act for a principal and make financial decisions on their behalf. The agent’s authority will not be revoked if the principal becomes incapacitated.
General (non-durable) Power of Attorney – Designates a financial representative to act on the principal’s behalf for a period that expires upon the incapacity of the principal.
Limited Power of Attorney – Used to authorize the performance of specific transactions by an agent. The agent’s powers are typically revoked immediately following the completion of their duties.
Living Will – Like an advance directive, a living will allows a principal to establish health care provisions for end-of-life scenarios.
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Medical Power of Attorney – A document that appoints an agent to convey the principal’s medical preferences when he or she is incapacitated.
Motor Vehicle (DMV) Power of Attorney – This power of attorney enables an agent to handle vehicle-related transactions such as registration, transfer of title, and licensing.
Minor (Child) Power of Attorney – Grants parental rights to an agent for a temporary period. The agent receives permission to make decisions that would typically require the permission of a parent or legal guardian.
Real Estate Power of Attorney – Property owners may use this document to authorize another party to perform real estate transactions on their behalf.
Tax (POA-1) Power of Attorney – For taxpayers who wish to have another party represent them in matters involving personal income and business tax.
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Signing requirements: Taxpayer(s)