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Free Louisiana Power of Attorney (POA) Form

A Louisiana Power of Attorney allows you to grant authority to an Agent to handle your affairs and sign documents on your behalf. Find out how to get your customized form online now.

Last Update August 31st, 2022

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Types of Power of Attorney in Louisiana

There’s more than one type of Power of Attorney in Louisiana and selecting the correct variant can be critical. Each kind offers different types of powers to an Attorney-in-Fact (also known as an Agent). Therefore, you must create the right class of document, in order for your POA to work as intended.

The most common variants available in Louisiana include the following examples: 

  • Durable (Financial): Durable Power of Attorney documents are invaluable tools for individuals planning how their estate will be managed in their old age, or in the event of sudden illness or disability. They allow the Agent to act for the Principal even if they become incapacitated.

  • Limited: A Limited Power of Attorney allows a Principal to grant time-limited powers to an Agent. This is usually to allow the Agent to complete a one-off task such as signing a contract.

  • Medical: Medical Power of Attorney is a durable form of POA that allows a Principal to appoint a person to make medical decisions for them if they become incapacitated.

  • Real Estate: Real Estate POAs are specially tailored documents that let Principals grant powers to an Agent for the purposes of managing real estate.

  • DMV: A DMV POA is a kind of Vehicle Power of Attorney that gives an Agent the authority to transfer ownership of a car or motorbike belonging to the Principal and to manage other issues related to cars and other motor vehicles. 

  • pringing: A springing Power of Attorney is a legal instrument that allows you to appoint and give authority to an Agent when certain criteria are met and specific events occur. These will normally become active when the Principal becomes incapacitated and unable to act for themselves.

  • Minor Child Power of Attorney: This variety of Power of Attorney allows a Principal to appoint an Agent to take on their legal parental rights for a limited period of time. This could be for work reasons, deployment in the military, or due to an illness. 

  • Tax: A Tax Power of Attorney form enables you to grant authority to an agent to represent you before Louisiana’s tax office.

How to Get a Power of Attorney in Louisiana

In order to make sure your POA is fully valid upon completion and signing, you must make sure that you follow the right steps to prepare your LA Power of Attorney document before successfully putting it into action. 

To do this you will need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Make sure all the details on the form are correct such as names, addresses, dates, and the powers that are to be granted.

  2. The completed form should be signed by both the Agent and Principal.

  3. There are no specific singing requirements for Louisiana, however we recommend that you get two witnesses and a notary public to view and sign the document as well. 

  4. Two witnesses must be present at the signing of the document and acknowledged in the presence of a notary public.

For more specific information on LA Power of Attorney signing requirements, consult the Louisiana State Legislature

In addition to these steps, it is crucial that all the signing parties are legally able to enter into this agreement. This means that they must:

  • Be over 18 years of age.

  • Be mentally competent enough to enter into a contractual agreement.

  • Understand the powers that are being granted.

Lastly, the Agent must be a legal adult or a financial institution with trust powers, a registered place of business within the state and that has the authority to carry out trust business in Louisiana. They should also be someone that the Principal has full confidence in.

Louisiana Power of Attorney Sample

Creating and putting a Power of Attorney into action in Louisiana is a major commitment. It can help to explore an example template first to get a clear idea of what information should be found in your completed document.

Our sample LA Power of Attorney below can help you understand the details included in this legal arrangement a little better. 

FAQs About Louisiana Power of Attorney Forms

It is important to have a good understanding of what Louisiana 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.

What Are Some Uses of a Power of Attorney?

An LA Power of Attorney is an important legal document that allows you to appoint a trusted individual to act on behalf of you to carry out important activities. Once signed, these legal forms can be used for a number of different purposes depending on their type and listed powers

These responsibilities include:

  • Managing your financial affairs

  • Making medical decisions for you if you are incapacitated

  • Handling activities for you such as buying or selling property 

Who Should Be Your Louisiana POA Agent?

When choosing the right Agent for your Louisiana 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 will take the actions that serve these interests best.

Who Can Override a Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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. 

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