Start a Washington DC Power of Attorney (POA) form now to appoint a trusted individual to manage your estate, act for you professionally, or make medical decisions on your behalf.
Last Update June 2nd, 2022
- Types of Power of Attorney in Washington DC
- How to Get a Power of Attorney in Washington DC
- Washington DC Power of Attorney Requirements
- Washington DC Power of Attorney Sample
- FAQs About Washington DC Power of Attorney Forms
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Types of Power of Attorney in Washington DC
There are many types of POA that can be used in Washington DC to appoint an Agent or Attorney-in-Fact to make decisions and to manage essential financial and/or medical responsibilities for a principal.
|Type of Document||Uses||Usable After Incapacity?|
|Durable Power of Attorney||A durable POA allows an Agent to manage your estate for you at all times, even if you fall unconscious or become medically incapacitated.||Yes|
|General Power of Attorney||General POAs give Agents control over a wide range of your financial responsibilities. This expires, however, if you fall unconscious or are incapacitated.||No|
|Limited Power of Attorney||Limited POAs grant an Agent responsibility over specific, normally one-off, tasks. These forms are usually time limited, only giving your representative authority for a short period of time.||Yes (if durable)|
|Medical Power of Attorney||Medical POAs allow you to delegate important healthcare decisions to your Agent. This can then be used when urgent choices regarding treatment need to be made when you’re unconscious.||Yes|
|Advance Directive||Combines a Medical Power of Attorney with elements of a living will, allowing the principal to specify their end-of-life care and choose an agent to manage their wishes.||Yes|
|Living Will||A living will allows you to provide clear instructions on your treatment preferences to medical professionals for when you are unconscious and gravely ill. This includes options such as artificial nutrition and hydration and organ donation.||Yes|
|Real Estate Power of Attorney||Real Estate POAs let your Agent manage tasks related to the buying and selling of property on your behalf.||Yes (if durable)|
|Vehicle (DMV) Power of Attorney||Using a Vehicle POA allows an Agent to buy and sell vehicles for you and to manage other ownership tasks such as registering titles with the DMV and updating official documentation.||Yes (if durable)|
|Springing Power of Attorney||A Springing POA allows an Agent to act for you when certain conditions or criteria occur. For example: the Power of Attorney may only become active if you are unconscious or are unavailable for a period of time.||Yes (if durable)|
|Minor (Child) Power of Attorney||With a Minor POA, you can delegate your parental rights over a child to your Agent temporarily. This might be necessary if you are seriously ill, serving in the military or have to travel for work purposes.||Yes (if durable)|
|Tax Power of Attorney||With a Tax POA, your Agent may represent you and sign documents on your behalf at a local DC Office of Tax and Revenue.||Yes (if durable)|
How to Get a Power of Attorney in Washington DC
A Washington DC Power of Attorney can be filled-in fully online with our step-by-step form completion survey. All you need to do is answer the questions and add in your own information to create a fully complete POA tailored to your necessities.
Alternatively, the task of creating a POA can be left to a lawyer. However, this is usually a more time-consuming and costly process.
Also, some pre-prepared forms for Vehicle POAs can be obtained directly from a DC DMV or Office of Tax and Revenue site. However, it is recommended to seek the help of an attorney in order to fill the document properly.
Washington DC Power of Attorney Requirements
There are a few important things you need to know before signing a Washington DC POA. Firstly, you must make sure all the parties involved are legally fit to sign contracts.
To be considered competent to sign a contract, parties must:
Be over 18 years of age
Show they are mentally competent
Demonstrably understand the powers being granted
If you choose a financial institution as an Agent, they must have trust powers and a registered office in Washington DC.
Also, there are set rules in place in Washington DC which police how a completed Power of Attorney must be signed and put into action. DC law (§ 21–2101) dictates in this case that:
The Principal and Agent must both sign the document.
The signing must be overseen by a notary public, who will also sign.
If you create an advanced directive, living will, or medical power of attorney you will need 2 witnesses present at the document signing.
If the Agent(s) will manage real estate for the principal, the form must be registered with the local clerk of the county where the property is situatedwithin 30 days of signing.
A notary public must also be present at the signing to notarize the document.
You won’t need a notary or witnesses to sign a Tax or Vehicle Power of Attorney, however. In these cases, only the principal needs to sign in order for them to be effective.
Washington DC Power of Attorney Sample
Before starting your own Washington DC Power of Attorney, it can help to look over an example document to understand how your final draft will look and what it will say. Simply view our POA sample now to get a feel for how these documents are written and appear once completed.
FAQs About Washington DC Power of Attorney Forms
It is important to have a good understanding of what Washington DC Power of Attorney forms can do before filling in your own. Read through our FAQs below to get a better idea of the key information needed as well as any other special considerations.
Does a Power of Attorney in Washington DC Need to Be Notarized?
Yes, Washington DC Powers of Attorney require a notary public to oversee the signing of the document by the Principal and Agent. Alternatively, 2 witnesses must be present when a Medical Power of Attorney, Advance Directive, or Living Will document is signed in order to legally validate the agreement.
Who Should Be Your Washington DC POA Agent?
When choosing the right Agent for your Washington DC POA, it is essential to pick a person (or people) that you trust implicitly.
By granting Power of Attorney to someone, you allow them to hold a large amount of responsibility for your financial or even bodily wellbeing. An Agent therefore must be someone you know that will take the actions that serve these interests best.
Who Can Override a Washington DC Power of Attorney?
There are a few ways to override a Power of Attorney. First of all, you can simply revoke it, as the Principal retains the right to remove the powers at any time.
If on the other hand, you wish to revoke the Washington DC Power of Attorney of an already incapacitated family member, you will have to write to the Agent to ask them to formally step down as POA. If they refuse, you may then need to take the matter to court and appoint guardianship to render the powers of the Agent inactive.