A South Carolina general power of attorney is a non-durable arrangement whereby the principal appoints an agent who will be authorized to make decisions on their behalf. “Non-durable” means that the power of attorney will terminate if the principal is mentally incapacitated. In the document, the principal will designate the powers given to the agent by providing their initials next to each authorized act. The powers either becomes effective when it is signed or at a specific date listed in the form. When the principal signs the form, their signature must be verified by two (2) witnesses and a notary public. The power of attorney will terminate upon the principal’s written revocation, their incapacitation, or on a set date.
Durable Power of Attorney – Appoints an attorney-in-fact whose powers remain effective in the event of the principal’s incapacitation.