A Utah general power of attorney allows a person (the “principal”) to authorize a third party (the “attorney-in-fact”) to act as their representative and make decisions on their behalf. This type of arrangement is often implemented to allow a relative, friend, or accountant to execute documents in the principal’s name and manage their personal and business affairs. This enables the principal to have their affairs handled without their actual physical presence.
Once the power of attorney document has been executed by the principal, it remains effective until it is revoked in writing, the principal is incapacitated, or a termination date is reached. For a power of attorney to be valid, the principal’s signature must be made before and acknowledged by a notary public.
Durable Power of Attorney – A power of attorney that is not terminated by the principal’s incapacity.