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Rhode Island Power of Attorney Forms

Rhode Island power of attorney forms are instruments used to assign power to an individual (called an attorney-in-fact or agent) enabling them to legally represent the assignor. A legal representative may be designated to act on behalf of the principal with regard to their finances, health care decisions, their tax filing, or the guardianship of their children. It is imperative that, regardless of the type of power granted to the agent, the selected representative act in accordance with the principal’s wishes and in line with the individual’s best interests.

By Type (10)

  1. Advance Directive
  2. Durable
  3. General
  4. Limited
  5. Living Will
  6. Medical
  7. Motor Vehicle (DMV)
  8. Minor (Child)
  9. Real Estate
  10. Tax (Form RI-2848)

Advance Directive – Enables the principal to provide advance instructions regarding their health care to be followed should they become terminally ill. It also elects an attorney-in-fact to oversee their health care.

Download: Adobe PDF
Signing requirements (§ 23-4.10-2 & § 23-4.11-3(a)): Two (2) witnesses or notarization

 


Durable Power of Attorney – Grants financial rights to an agent that endure through the mental incapacity and physical disability of the principal.

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument
Signing requirements (§ 18-16-2(b)): Notarization

 


General (non-durable) Power of Attorney – A non-durable power of attorney grants authority to an agent to handle the principal’s finances until the principal becomes incapacitated or the power of attorney is terminated.

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument
Signing requirements (§ 18-16-2(b)): Notarization

 


Limited Power of Attorney – A limited power of attorney grants authority for an agent to act on behalf of the principal in financial matters but limits the scope of power to a specific action or set of actions.

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Signing requirements (§ 18-16-2(b)): Notarization

 


Living Will – Provides medical instructions concerning the life-prolonging treatments administered on a patient who has developed a terminal condition.

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Signing requirements (§ 23-4.11-3(a)): Two (2) witnesses

 


Medical Power of Attorney – A medical power of attorney grants an agent (attorney-in-fact) rights to make health care decisions for a principal.

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Signing requirements (§ 23-4.10-2): Two (2) witnesses or notarization

 


Motor Vehicle (DMV) Power of Attorney – This power of attorney enables the agent to register, sell, or buy a vehicle on behalf of the principal.

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument
Signing requirements: Notarization

 


Minor (Child) Power of Attorney – This legal document, once signed, gives parenting rights to the agent in question for a limited period of time.

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument
Signing requirements (§ 18-16-2(b)): Notarization

 


Real Estate Power of Attorney – The real estate power of attorney enables a real estate agent to represent a client in refinancing, selling, or buying property.

Download: Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), OpenDocument
Signing requirements (§ 18-16-2(b)): Notarization

 


Tax (Form RI-2848) Power of Attorney – This power of attorney enables the agent to represent a taxpayer before the Rhode Island Division of Taxation.

Download: Adobe PDF
Signing requirements: Taxpayer + representative(s) and two (2) witnesses or notarization