A Washington general power of attorney allows an individual (the “principal”) to authorize another person (the “agent”) to make decisions regarding the principal’s finances and property. In the document, the principal will be able to select the powers that the agent will be given to control their interests. The agent should always be an individual who is trustworthy, such as a relative, attorney, or financial agent who is known to the principal. Once it has been executed, the document’s terms become effective until the arrangement’s termination date, the principal revokes the agreement in writing, or in the event of the principal’s incapacitation. For the form to be valid, the principal’s signature must be made in the presence of a notary public or two (2) witnesses.
Durable Power of Attorney – Using this form allows individuals to appoint agents who will retain their powers of attorney if the principal is incapacitated.