A Pennsylvania general power of attorney form designates an agent, also termed the “attorney-in-fact,” to be given the authorization to represent the individual who executes the document (the “principal”). The arrangement is “non-durable,” which means that it will become ineffective if the principal is mentally incapacitated. This type of power of attorney is usually used to appoint a financial, property, or business manager to make decisions regarding the principal’s finances, assets, investments, property, and business interests. When signing the power of attorney, the principal must have two (2) subscribing witnesses and a notary public present to validate the document.
Durable Power of Attorney – Assigns an attorney-in-fact whose powers remain effective following the incapacitation of the principal.