Updated on September 27th, 2021
Pennsylvania power of attorney forms are drafted by an individual (the principal) who wishes to have someone else (the agent) make decisions on their behalf. Depending on the needs of the principal, the agent may be asked to handle tax matters, motor vehicle registration, property maintenance, and even medical decisions. Any actions allowed under a “durable” power of attorney will remain in effect if the principal becomes disabled or incapacitated.
By Type (10)
Advance Directive – Allows a principal to choose the type of health care they wish to receive when they cannot communicate on their own due to an illness or incapacitation. Included with this directive is a durable medical power of attorney which lets the principal select their health care agent.
Durable Power of Attorney – Provides an agent with legal authorization to make financial decisions for a principal. The financial rights granted through this power of attorney will not be affected by the incapacity of the principal.
General (non-durable) Power of Attorney – Empowers an agent with rights to manage a principal’s financial affairs. Once the principal loses their mental capacity, this document will no longer be valid.
Limited Power of Attorney – Gives authority to an agent to perform specific tasks for a principal (e.g., collect mail, sell property). This document will expire once the tasks are complete or after a predetermined end date is reached.
Living Will – Defines the type of health care an individual wants to receive in the event they become incapacitated or otherwise unable to communicate on their own.
Medical Power of Attorney – Enables a representative to serve as a health care proxy (a.k.a., “health care agent”) for a principal. The agent will relay the principal’s health care preferences when he or she is unable to communicate.
Motor Vehicle (DMV) Power of Attorney – Used to appoint a representative to handle transactions involving motor vehicles owned by the principal.
Minor (Child) Power of Attorney – Authorizes an agent to act as a temporary guardian for the principal’s minor child(ren)
Real Estate Power of Attorney – Allows an agent to sign documents and conduct real estate transactions on behalf of a property owner/buyer.
Tax (REV-677 LE) Power of Attorney – Grants rights to a representative who may act on behalf of a taxpayer and handle confidential tax matters with the Department of Revenue.
Download: Adobe PDF
Signing requirements: Taxpayer + representative(s) and two witnesses OR notarization