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What is a Wisconsin Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney (POA) in Wisconsin is an important legal document that can grant far-reaching powers to a trusted person, known as the Agent or Attorney-in-Fact.

A Principal can appoint an Agent to manage financial or medical decision-making on the principal’s behalf in case they are unavailable to do this themselves, or are incapacitated for any reason. These powers can be long-lasting and wide-ranging depending on the type of document you create.

Types of Power of Attorney in Wisconsin

Before starting a Wisconsin Power of Attorney it is critical to know what type of POA to create. There are many different varieties of these legal instruments and each grants different kinds of powers from a Principal to an Agent or Attorney-in-Fact

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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. 

  • 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 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. 

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

How to Get a Power of Attorney in Wisconsin

There are a few ways to get a Power of Attorney in Wisconsin. This gives you 2 specific options to choose from:

  1. Get it online: You can get a complete Wisconsin Power of Attorney document using our online legal form maker. This will walk you step-by-step through the information you’ll need to add and help you make a legally compliant document.

  2. Go to a lawyer: You can hire a lawyer to draw up a Power of Attorney form for you in Wisconsin. However, this is often a more costly process and will often take longer to complete.

Wisconsin Power of Attorney Requirements

There are a few important things you need to know before signing a Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin. 

Also, there are set rules in place in Wisconsin which police how a completed Power of Attorney must be signed and put into action. Wisconsin law dictates in this case that:

  1. The Principal and Agent must both sign the document.

  2. The names and contact information of principal and agent must be included.

  3. List the powers granted.

  4. The signing must be overseen by a notary public, who will also sign.

  5. A notary public must also be present at the signing to notarize the document.

  6. Add date of execution, and date of start and end of powers.

  7. 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 situated within 30 days of signing.

It is also possible for you to use your Power of Attorney in other states. If those states have adopted the Uniform Power of Attorney Act then you have to use your POA in that state. 

Wisconsin legislature adopted the UPOAA (§ 244.03) in 2010. Review the guidelines of how to write a UPOA.

Wisconsin Power of Attorney Laws

The Wisconsin Power of attorney is regulated under chapter 244 of the Wisconsin Statutes, also known as the “Uniform Power of Attorney for Finances and Property Act”.

Chapter 244 consists of two subchapters: 

  • Subchapter I, General Provisions, describes how the Wisconsin Power of Attorney may be created and used, 

  • Subchapter II, Authority, details the Powers a principal may grant to an agent. 

Wisconsin Power of Attorney Sample

Creating and putting a Power of Attorney into action in Wisconsin 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 WI Power of Attorney below can help you understand the details included in this legal arrangement a little better.

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FAQs About Wisconsin Power of Attorney Forms

It is important to have a good understanding of what Wisconsin 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?

A Wisconsin Power of Attorney can be useful in many situations. First and foremost, it allows you to plan for circumstances where you are unable to adequately manage your own affairs. This may be a situation where you’d like to delegate your decision-making capacity in either healthcare or financial affairs to a trusted professional or friend. 

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

How to Sign as a Power of Attorney?

Once a WI Power of Attorney is signed and notarized, it can be used by the Agent to carry out duties for the Principal. In order to prove they have the authority to act for the Principal, the Attorney-in-Fact must bring the signed copy of the agreement to the place where they will sign a document on the appointing individual’s behalf.

The Agent must then sign their name on the signature line for the signee and must print their own name next to the name of the Principle on the form. They must also indicate that they are signing on behalf of the Principle as their Power of Attorney.

Who Should Be Your Wisconsin POA Agent?

When choosing the right Agent for your Wisconsin 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.

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STATUTORY FORM POWER OF ATTORNEY
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
This Power of Attorney authorizes another person (your agent) to make decisions concerning your property for you (the principal). Your agent will be able to make decisions and act with respect to your property (including your money) whether or not you are able to act for yourself. The meaning of authority over subjects listed on this form is explained in the Uniform Power of Attorney for Finances and Property Act in Chapter 244 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

This Power of Attorney does not authorize the agent to make health-care decisions for you.

You should select someone you trust to serve as your agent. Unless you specify otherwise, generally the agent’s authority will continue until you die or revoke the Power of Attorney or the agent resigns or is unable to act for you.

Your agent is entitled to reasonable compensation unless you state otherwise in the Special Instructions.

If your agent is unable or unwilling to act for you, your Power of Attorney will end unless you have named a successor agent. You may also name a second successor agent.

This Power of Attorney becomes effective immediately unless you state otherwise in the Special Instructions. This Power of Attorney does not revoke any Power of Attorney executed previously unless you so provide in the special instructions.

If you revoke this Power of Attorney, you should notify your agent and any other person to whom you have given a copy. If your agent is your spouse or domestic partner and your marriage is annulled or you are divorced or legally separated or the domestic partnership is terminated after signing this document, the document is invalid.

If you have questions about the Power of Attorney or the authority you are granting to your agent, you should seek legal advice before signing this form.
DESIGNATION OF AGENT

I, _________, with permanent residence address at _________, telephone number _________, and email address _________, name the following person as my agent:

Name of Agent: _________
Agent’s Address: _________
Agent’s Telephone Number: _________
Agent’s Email Address: _________
DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY
GRANT OF GENERAL AUTHORITY
I grant my agent and any successor agent general authority to act for me with respect to the following subjects as defined in the Uniform Power of Attorney Act and Property Act in chapter 244 of the Wisconsin statutes:

INITIAL each subject you want to include in the agent's general authority.

________ Real Property
________ Tangible Personal Property
________ Digital Property
________ Stocks and Bonds
________ Commodities and Options
________ Banks and Other Financial Institutions
________ Operation of Entity or Business
________ Insurance and Annuities
________ Estates, Trusts, and Other Beneficial Interests
________ Claims and Litigation
________ Personal and Family Maintenance
________ Benefits from Governmental Programs or Civil or Military Service
________ Retirement Plans
________ Taxes
LIMITATION ON AGENT’S AUTHORITY
An agent who is not my spouse or domestic partner MAY NOT use my property to benefit the agent or a person to whom the agent owes an obligation of support unless I have included that authority in the special instructions.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

My Agent(s) is/are entitled to reasonable compensation for services rendered as my Agent(s).
My Agent(s) is/are entitled to reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred in acting under this Power of Attorney.
EFFECTIVE DATE
This Power of Attorney shall be effective immediately and will continue to be effective until my death, even if I became incapacitated, except as may be provided otherwise by an applicable state statute.
This Power of Attorney may be revoked or terminated by me at any time by providing written notice to my Agent.
RELIANCE ON THIS POWER OF ATTORNEY

Any person, including my agent, may rely upon the validity of this Power of Attorney or a copy of it unless that person knows that the Power of Attorney has been terminated or is invalid.
SIGNATURES

Dated ____________________, _____, at _________, Wisconsin.

  
__________________________________________________
_________Date
  


Address: _________
Telephone Number: _________
Email Address: _________

__________________________________________________
_________Date
NOTARY ACKNOWLEDGMENT

State of Wisconsin
_________ County



This document was acknowledged before me on _______________.
 (date)



by ___________________________________
     _________


___________________________________
(Seal, if any)



Signature of Notary: __________________________________

My commission expires: _______________________________
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR AGENT
Agent’s Duties

When you accept the authority granted under this Power of Attorney, a special legal relationship is created between you and the principal. This relationship imposes upon you legal duties that continue until you resign or the Power of Attorney is terminated or revoked. You must do all the following:

(1) Do what you know the principal reasonably expects you to do with the principal’s property or, if you do not know the principal’s expectations, act in the principal’s best interest.

(2) Act in good faith.

(3) Do nothing beyond the authority granted in this Power of Attorney.

(4) Disclose your identity as an agent whenever you act for the principal by writing or printing the name of the principal and signing your own name as "agent" in the following manner:

________________________________________________________________________
(Principal’s name) by (Your signature) as agent

Unless the special instructions in this Power of Attorney state otherwise, you must also do all the following:

(1) Act loyally for the principal’s benefit.

(2) Avoid conflicts that would impair your ability to act in the principal’s best interest.

(3) Act with care, competence, and diligence.

(4) Keep a record of all receipts, disbursements, and transactions made on behalf of the principal.

(5) Cooperate with any person that has authority to make health-care decisions for the principal to do what you know the principal reasonably expects or, if you do not know the principal’s expectations, to act in the principal’s best interest.

(6) Attempt to preserve the principal’s estate plan if you know the plan and preserving the plan is consistent with the principal’s best interest.
Termination of Agent’s Authority
You must stop acting on behalf of the principal if you learn of any event that terminates this Power of Attorney or your authority under this Power of Attorney. Events that terminate a power of attorney or your authority to act under a power of attorney include all the following:

(1) Death of the principal.

(2) The principal’s revocation of the power of attorney or your authority.

(3) The occurrence of a termination event stated in the power of attorney.

(4) The purpose of the power of attorney is fully accomplished.

(5) If you are married to the principal, a legal action is filed with a court to end your marriage, or for your legal separation, unless the special instructions in this Power of Attorney state that such an action will not terminate your authority.

(6) If you are the principal’s domestic partner and your domestic partnership is terminated, unless the special instructions in this Power of Attorney state that such an action will not terminate your authority.
Liability of Agent
The meaning of the authority granted to you is defined in the Uniform Power of Attorney for Finances and Property Act in Chapter 244 of the Wisconsin Statutes. If you violate the Uniform Power of Attorney for Finances and Property Act in Chapter 244 of the Wisconsin Statutes or act outside the authority granted, you may be liable for any damages caused by your violation.

If there is anything about this document or your duties that you do not understand, you should seek legal advice.
Optional Signature of Agent

I have read and accept the duties and liabilities of the agent as specified in this Power of Attorney.



Agent's signature: ___________________________________ Date: _______________
APPENDIX

This appendix is for definitions only. The agent has powers only regarding the subjects indicated on the form.

244.44 Real property. Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to real property authorizes the agent to do all of the following:

(1) Demand, buy, lease, receive, accept as a gift or as security for an extension of credit, or otherwise acquire or reject an interest in real property or a right incident to real property.

(2) Sell; exchange; convey with or without covenants, representations, or warranties; quit claim; release; surrender; retain title for security; encumber; partition; consent to partitioning; subject to an easement or covenant; subdivide; apply for zoning or other governmental permits; plat or consent to platting; develop; grant an option concerning; lease; sublease; contribute to an entity in exchange for an interest in that entity; or otherwise grant or dispose of an interest in real property or a right incident to real property.

(3) Pledge or mortgage an interest in real property or right incident to real property as security to borrow money or pay, renew, or extend the time of payment of a debt of the principal or a debt guaranteed by the principal.

(4) Release, assign, satisfy, or enforce by any lawful means a mortgage, deed of trust, conditional sale contract, encumbrance, lien, or other claim to real property which exists or is asserted.

(5) Manage or conserve an interest in real property or a right incident to real property owned or claimed to be owned by the principal, including by doing any of the following:
      (a) Insuring against liability or casualty or other loss.
      (b) Obtaining or regaining possession of or protecting the interest or right by litigation or otherwise.
      (c) Paying, assessing, compromising, or contesting taxes or assessments or applying for and receiving refunds in connection with taxes or assessments.
      (d) Purchasing supplies, hiring assistance or labor, and making repairs or alterations to the real property.

(6) Use, develop, alter, replace, remove, erect, or install structures or other improvements upon real property in or incident to which the principal has, or claims to have, an interest or right.

(7) Participate in a reorganization with respect to real property or an entity that owns an interest in or right incident to real property and receive, hold, and act with respect to stocks and bonds or other property received in a plan of reorganization, including by doing any of the following:
      (a) Selling or otherwise disposing of the stocks, bonds, or property.
      (b) Exercising or selling an option, right of conversion, or similar right with respect to the stocks, bonds, or property.
      (c) Exercising any voting rights in person or by proxy.

(8) Change the form of title of an interest in or right incident to real property.

(9) Dedicate to public use, with or without consideration, easements or other real property in which the principal has, or claims to have, an interest.
244.445 Digital property. Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to digital property authorizes the agent, subject to s. 711.06 (1), to do all of the following:

(1) Find, access, manage, protect, distribute, dispose of, transfer, transfer ownership rights in, or otherwise control digital devices, and any digital property stored thereon, with digital devices to include desktops, laptops, tablets, peripherals, storage devices, mobile telephones, smartphones, and any similar digital device, either currently in existence or that may exist as technology develops.

(2) Access, manage, distribute, delete, terminate, transfer, transfer ownership rights in, or otherwise control digital accounts, other than the content of electronic communications, as defined in s. 711.03 (6), with digital accounts to include bank or other financial institution accounts, electronic mail accounts, blogs, software licenses, social network accounts, social media accounts, file-sharing and storage accounts, financial management accounts, domain registration accounts, domain name service accounts, Web hosting accounts, tax preparation service accounts, online store accounts, and affiliated programs currently in existence or that may exist as technology develops.

(3) Access, manage, distribute, delete, transfer, transfer ownership rights in, or otherwise control any digital property the principal may own or otherwise possess rights to, other than the content of electronic communications, as defined in s. 711.03 (6), regardless of the ownership of the digital device on which the digital property is stored or the ownership of the digital account within which the digital property is stored.
244.45 Tangible personal property. Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to tangible personal property authorizes the agent to do all of the following:

(1) Demand, buy, receive, accept as a gift or as security for an extension of credit, or otherwise acquire or reject ownership or possession of tangible personal property or an interest in tangible personal property.

(2) Sell; exchange; convey with or without covenants, representations, or warranties; quit claim; release; surrender; create a security interest in; grant options concerning; lease; sublease; or otherwise dispose of tangible personal property or an interest in tangible personal property.

(3) Grant a security interest in tangible personal property or an interest in tangible personal property as security to borrow money or pay, renew, or extend the time of payment of a debt of the principal or a debt guaranteed by the principal.

(4) Release, assign, satisfy, or enforce by litigation or otherwise, a security interest, lien, or other claim on behalf of the principal, with respect to tangible personal property or an interest in tangible personal property.

(5) Manage or conserve tangible personal property or an interest in tangible personal property on behalf of the principal, including by doing any of the following:
      (a) Insuring against liability or casualty or other loss.
      (b) Obtaining or regaining possession of or protecting the property or interest, by litigation or otherwise.
      (c) Paying, assessing, compromising, or contesting taxes or assessments or applying for and receiving refunds in connection with taxes or assessments.
      (d) Moving the property from place to place.
      (e) Storing the property for hire or under a gratuitous bailment.
      (f) Using and making repairs, alterations, or improvements to the property.

(6) Change the form of title of an interest in tangible personal property.
244.46 Stocks and bonds. Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to stocks and bonds authorizes the agent to do all of the following:

(1) Buy, sell, and exchange stocks and bonds.

(2) Establish, continue, modify, or terminate an account with respect to stocks and bonds.

(3) Pledge stocks and bonds as security to borrow, pay, renew, or extend the time of payment of a debt of the principal.

(4) Receive certificates and other evidences of ownership with respect to stocks and bonds.

(5) Exercise voting rights with respect to stocks and bonds in person or by proxy, enter into voting trusts, and consent to limitations on the right to vote.

(6) Exercise in person or by proxy, or enforce by litigation or otherwise, a right, power, privilege, or option the principal has or claims to have as the holder of stocks and bonds.

(7) Initiate, participate in, submit to alternative dispute resolution, settle, oppose, or propose or accept a compromise with respect to litigation to which the principal is a party concerning stocks and bonds.
244.47 Commodities and options. Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to commodities and options authorizes the agent to do all of the following:

(1) Buy, sell, exchange, assign, settle, and exercise commodity futures contracts and call or put options on stocks or stock indexes traded on a regulated option exchange.

(2) Establish, continue, modify, and terminate option accounts.
244.48 Banks and other financial institutions. Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to banks and other financial institutions authorizes the agent to do all of the following:

(1) Continue, modify, and terminate an account or other banking arrangement made by or on behalf of the principal.

(2) Establish, modify, and terminate an account or other banking arrangement with a bank, trust company, savings and loan association, credit union, thrift company, brokerage firm, or other financial institution selected by the agent.

(3) Contract for services available from a financial institution, including renting a safe deposit box or space in a vault.

(4) Withdraw, by check, order, electronic funds transfer, or otherwise, money or property of the principal deposited with or left in the custody of a financial institution.

(5) Receive statements of account, vouchers, notices, and similar documents from a financial institution and act with respect to them.

(6) Enter a safe deposit box or vault and withdraw or add to the contents.

(7) Borrow money and pledge as security personal property of the principal necessary to borrow money or pay, renew, or extend the time of payment of a debt of the principal or a debt guaranteed by the principal.

(8) Make, assign, draw, endorse, discount, guarantee, and negotiate promissory notes, checks, drafts, and other negotiable or nonnegotiable paper of the principal or payable to the principal or the principal's order; transfer money, receive the cash or other proceeds of those transactions; and accept a draft drawn by a person upon the principal and pay it when due.

(9) Receive for the principal and act upon a sight draft, warehouse receipt, or other document of title whether tangible or electronic, or other negotiable or nonnegotiable instrument.

(10) Apply for, receive, and use letters of credit, credit and debit cards, electronic transaction authorizations, and traveler's checks from a financial institution and give an indemnity or other agreement in connection with letters of credit.

(11) Consent to an extension of the time of payment with respect to commercial paper or a financial transaction with a financial institution.
244.49 Operation of entity or business. Subject to the terms of a document or an agreement governing an entity or business or an entity or business ownership interest, and unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to operation of an entity or business authorizes the agent to do all of the following:

(1) Operate, buy, sell, enlarge, reduce, or terminate an ownership interest.

(2) Perform a duty or discharge a liability and exercise in person or by proxy a right, power, privilege, or option that the principal has, may have, or claims to have.

(3) Enforce the terms of an ownership agreement.

(4) Initiate, participate in, submit to alternative dispute resolution, settle, oppose, or propose or accept a compromise with respect to litigation to which the principal is a party because of an ownership interest.

(5) Exercise in person or by proxy, or enforce by litigation or otherwise, a right, power, privilege, or option the principal has or claims to have as the holder of stocks and bonds.

(6) Initiate, participate in, submit to alternative dispute resolution, settle, oppose, or propose or accept a compromise with respect to litigation to which the principal is a party concerning stocks and bonds.

(7) With respect to an entity or business owned solely by the principal, do all of the following:
      (a) Continue, modify, renegotiate, extend, and terminate a contract made by or on behalf of the principal with respect to the entity or business before execution of the power of attorney.
      (b) Determine all of the following:
            The location of its operation.
            The nature and extent of its business.
            The methods of manufacturing, selling, merchandising, financing, accounting, and advertising employed in its operation.
            The amount and types of insurance carried.
            The mode of engaging, compensating, and dealing with its employees and accountants, attorneys, or other advisors.
      (c) Change the name or form of organization under which the entity or business is operated and enter into an ownership agreement with other persons to take over all or part of the operation of the entity or business.
      (d) Demand and receive money due or claimed by the principal or on the principal's behalf in the operation of the entity or business and control and disburse the money in the operation of the entity or business.

(8) Put additional capital into an entity or business in which the principal has an interest.

(9) Join in a plan of reorganization, consolidation, conversion, interest exchange, domestication, or merger of the entity or business.

(10) Sell or liquidate all or part of an entity or business.

(11) Establish the value of an entity or business under a buy-out agreement to which the principal is a party.

(12) Prepare, sign, file, and deliver reports, compilations of information, returns, or other papers with respect to an entity or business and make related payments.

(13) Pay, compromise, or contest taxes, assessments, fines, or penalties and perform any other act to protect the principal from illegal or unnecessary taxation, assessments, fines, or penalties, with respect to an entity or business, including attempts to recover, in any manner permitted by law, money paid before or after the execution of the power of attorney.
244.50 Insurance and annuities. Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to insurance and annuities authorizes the agent to do all of the following:

(1) Continue, pay the premium or make a contribution on, modify, exchange, rescind, release, or terminate a contract procured by or on behalf of the principal which insures or provides an annuity to either the principal or another person, whether or not the principal is a beneficiary under the contract.

(2) Procure new, different, and additional contracts of insurance and annuities for the principal and the principal's spouse or domestic partner, children, and other dependents, and select the amount, type of insurance or annuity, and mode of payment.

(3) Pay the premium or make a contribution on, modify, exchange, rescind, release, or terminate a contract of insurance or annuity procured by the agent.

(4) Apply for and receive a loan secured by a contract of insurance or annuity.

(5) Surrender and receive the cash surrender value on a contract of insurance or annuity.

(6) Exercise an election.

(7) Exercise investment powers available under a contract of insurance or annuity.

(8) Change the manner of paying premiums on a contract of insurance or annuity.

(9) Change or convert the type of insurance or annuity with respect to which the principal has or claims to have authority described in this section.

(10) Apply for and procure a benefit or assistance under a statute, rule, or regulation to guarantee or pay premiums of a contract of insurance on the life of the principal.

(11) Collect, sell, assign, hypothecate, borrow against, or pledge the interest of the principal in a contract of insurance or annuity.

(12) Select the form and timing of the payment of proceeds from a contract of insurance or annuity.

(13) Pay, from proceeds or otherwise, compromise or contest, and apply for refunds in connection with, a tax or assessment levied by a taxing authority with respect to a contract of insurance or annuity or its proceeds or liability accruing by reason of the tax or assessment.
244.51 Estates, trusts, and other beneficial interests.

(1) In this section, "estates, trusts, and other beneficial interests" means a trust, probate estate, guardianship, conservatorship, escrow, or custodianship or a fund from which the principal is, may become, or claims to be, entitled to a share or payment.

(2) Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to estates, trusts, and other beneficial interests authorizes the agent to do all of the following:
      (a) Accept, receive, receipt for, sell, assign, pledge, or exchange a share in or payment from an estate, trust, or beneficial interest.
      (b) Demand or obtain money or another thing of value to which the principal is, may become, or claims to be, entitled by reason of an estate, trust, or beneficial interest, by litigation or otherwise.
      (c) Exercise for the benefit of the principal a presently exercisable general power of appointment held by the principal.
      (d) Initiate, participate in, submit to alternative dispute resolution, settle, oppose, or propose or accept a compromise with respect to litigation to ascertain the meaning, validity, or effect of a deed, will, declaration of trust, or other instrument or transaction affecting the interest of the principal.
      (e) Initiate, participate in, submit to alternative dispute resolution, settle, oppose, or propose or accept a compromise with respect to litigation to remove, substitute, or surcharge a fiduciary.
      (f) Conserve, invest, disburse, or use anything received for an authorized purpose.
      (g) Transfer an interest of the principal in real property, stocks and bonds, accounts with financial institutions or securities intermediaries, insurance, annuities, and other property to the trustee of a revocable trust created by the principal as settlor.
      (h) Sign a waiver or consent in a probate matter.
      (i) Reject, renounce, disclaim, release, or consent to a reduction in or modification of a share in or payment from an estate, trust, or beneficial interest.
244.52 Claims and litigation. Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to claims and litigation authorizes the agent to do all of the following:

(1) Assert and maintain before a court or administrative agency a claim, claim for relief, cause of action, counterclaim, offset, recoupment, or defense, including an action to recover property or other thing of value, recover damages sustained by the principal, eliminate or modify tax liability, or seek an injunction, specific performance, or other relief.

(2) Bring an action to determine adverse claims or intervene or otherwise participate in litigation.

(3) Seek an attachment, garnishment, order of arrest, or other preliminary, provisional, or intermediate relief and use any available procedure to effect or satisfy a judgment, order, or decree.

(4) Make or accept a tender, offer of judgment, or admission of facts, submit a controversy on an agreed statement of facts, consent to examination, and bind the principal in litigation.

(5) Submit to alternative dispute resolution, settle, and propose or accept a compromise.

(6) Waive the issuance and service of process upon the principal, accept service of process, appear for the principal, designate persons upon which process directed to the principal may be served, execute and file or deliver stipulations on the principal's behalf, verify pleadings, seek appellate review, procure and give surety and indemnity bonds, contract and pay for the preparation and printing of records and briefs, receive, execute, and file or deliver a consent, waiver, release, confession of judgment, satisfaction of judgment, notice, agreement, or other instrument in connection with the prosecution, settlement, or defense of a claim or litigation.

(7) Act for the principal with respect to bankruptcy or insolvency, whether voluntary or involuntary, concerning the principal or some other person, or with respect to a reorganization, receivership, or application for the appointment of a receiver or trustee which affects an interest of the principal in property or other thing of value.

(8) Pay a judgment, award, or order against the principal or a settlement made in connection with a claim or litigation.

(9) Receive money or other thing of value paid in settlement of or as proceeds of a claim or litigation.
244.53 Personal and family maintenance.

(1) Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to personal and family maintenance authorizes the agent to do all of the following:
      (a) Perform the acts necessary to maintain the customary standard of living of the principal, the principal's spouse or the principal's domestic partner, and the following individuals, whether living when the power of attorney is executed or later born:
            The principal's children.
            Other individuals legally entitled to be supported by the principal.
            The individuals whom the principal has customarily supported or indicated the intent to support.
      (b) Make periodic payments of child support and other family maintenance required by a court or governmental agency or an agreement to which the principal is a party.
      (c) Provide living quarters for the individuals described in par. (a) by doing any of the following:
            Purchasing, leasing, or entering into a contract.
            Paying the operating costs, including interest, amortization payments, repairs, improvements, and taxes, for premises owned by the principal or occupied by those individuals.
      (d) Provide normal domestic help, usual vacations and travel expenses, and funds for shelter, clothing, food, appropriate education, including postsecondary and vocational education, and other current living costs for the individuals described in par. (a).
      (e) Pay expenses for necessary health care and custodial care on behalf of the individuals described in par. (a).
      (f) Act as the principal's personal representative under 42 USC 1320d, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and applicable regulations, in making decisions related to the past, present, or future payment for the provision of health care consented to by the principal or anyone authorized under the law of this state to consent to health care on behalf of the principal.
      (g) Continue any provision made by the principal for motor vehicles or other means of transportation, including registering, licensing, insuring, and replacing the vehicles, for the individuals described in par. (a).
      (h) Maintain credit and debit accounts for the convenience of the individuals described in par. (a) and open new accounts.
      (i) Continue payments incidental to the membership or affiliation of the principal in a religious institution, club, society, order, or other organization or to continue contributions to those organizations.

(2) Authority with respect to personal and family maintenance is neither dependent upon, nor limited by, authority that an agent may or may not have with respect to gifts under this chapter.
244.54 Benefits from governmental programs or civil or military service.

(1) In this section, "benefits from governmental programs or civil or military service" means any benefit, program or assistance provided under a statute, rule, or regulation, including social security, medicare, and medicaid.

(2) Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to benefits from governmental programs or civil or military service authorizes the agent to do all of the following:
      (a) Execute vouchers in the name of the principal for allowances and reimbursements payable by the United States or a foreign government or by a state or subdivision of a state to the principal, including allowances and reimbursements for transportation of the individuals described in s. 244.53 (1) (a), and for shipment of their household effects.
      (b) Take possession and order the removal and shipment of property of the principal from a post, warehouse, depot, dock, or other place of storage or safekeeping, either governmental or private, and execute and deliver a release, voucher, receipt, bill of lading, shipping ticket, certificate, or other instrument for that purpose.
      (c) Enroll in, apply for, select, reject, change, amend, or discontinue, on the principal's behalf, a benefit or program.
      (d) Prepare, file, and maintain a claim of the principal for a benefit or assistance, financial or otherwise, to which the principal may be entitled under a statute, rule, or regulation.
      (e) Initiate, participate in, submit to alternative dispute resolution, settle, oppose, or propose or accept a compromise with respect to litigation concerning any benefit or assistance the principal may be entitled to receive under a statute, rule, or regulation.
      (f) Receive the financial proceeds of a claim described in par. (d) and conserve, invest, disburse, or use for a lawful purpose anything so received.
244.55 Retirement plans.

(1) In this section, "retirement plan" means a plan or account created by an employer, the principal, or another individual to provide retirement benefits or deferred compensation of which the principal is a participant, beneficiary, or owner, including the following plans or accounts:
      (a) An individual retirement account under section 408 of the Internal Revenue Code.
      (b) A Roth individual retirement account under section 408A of the Internal Revenue Code.
      (c) A deemed individual retirement account under section 408 (q) of the Internal Revenue Code.
      (d) An annuity or mutual fund custodial account under section 403 (b) of the Internal Revenue Code.
      (e) A pension, profit-sharing, stock bonus, or other retirement plan qualified under section 401 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
      (f) A plan under section 457 (b) of the Internal Revenue Code.
      (g) A nonqualified deferred compensation plan under section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.

(2) Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to retirement plans authorizes the agent to do all of the following:
      (a) Select the form and timing of payments under a retirement plan and withdraw benefits from a plan.
      (b) Make a rollover, including a direct trustee-to-trustee rollover, of benefits from one retirement plan to another.
      (c) Establish a retirement plan in the principal's name.
      (d) Make contributions to a retirement plan.
      (e) Exercise investment powers available under a retirement plan.
      (f) Borrow from, sell assets to, or purchase assets from a retirement plan.
244.56 Taxes. Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to taxes authorizes the agent to do all of the following:

(1) Prepare, sign, and file federal, state, local, and foreign income, gift, payroll, property, Federal Insurance Contributions Act, and other tax returns, claims for refunds, requests for extension of time, petitions regarding tax matters, and any other tax-related documents, including receipts, offers, waivers, consents, including consents and agreements under section 2032A of the Internal Revenue Code, closing agreements, and any power of attorney required by the Internal Revenue Service or other taxing authority with respect to a tax year upon which the statute of limitations has not run and the following 25 tax years.

(2) Pay taxes due, collect refunds, post bonds, receive confidential information, and contest deficiencies determined by the Internal Revenue Service or other taxing authority.

(3) Exercise any election available to the principal under federal, state, local, or foreign tax law.

(4) Act for the principal in all tax matters for all periods before the Internal Revenue Service, or other taxing authority.
244.57 Gifts.

(1) In this section, a gift "for the benefit of" a person includes a gift to a trust, an account under ss. 54.854 to 54.898, and a tuition savings account or prepaid tuition plan as defined under section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code.

(2) Unless the power of attorney otherwise provides, language in a power of attorney granting general authority with respect to gifts authorizes the agent to do all of the following:
      (a) Make outright to, or for the benefit of, a person, a gift of any of the principal's property, including by the exercise of a presently exercisable general power of appointment held by the principal, in an amount per donee not to exceed the annual dollar limits of the federal gift tax exclusion under section 2503 (b) of the Internal Revenue Code, without regard to whether the federal gift tax exclusion applies to the gift, or if the principal's spouse agrees to consent to a split gift under section 2513 of the Internal Revenue Code, in an amount per donee not to exceed twice the annual federal gift tax exclusion limit.
      (b) Consent, under section 2513 of the Internal Revenue Code, to the splitting of a gift made by the principal's spouse in an amount per donee not to exceed the aggregate annual gift tax exclusions for both spouses.
      (c) Make a gift of the principal's property only as the agent determines is consistent with the principal's objectives if actually known by the agent and, if unknown, as the agent determines is consistent with the principal's best interest based on all relevant factors, including all of the following:
           1. The value and nature of the principal's property.
           2. The principal's foreseeable obligations and need for maintenance.
           3. Minimization of taxes, including income, estate, inheritance, generation skipping transfer, and gift taxes.
           4. Eligibility for a benefit, a program, or assistance under a statute, rule, or regulation.
           5. The principal's personal history of making or joining in making gifts.
AGENT'S CERTIFICATION AS TO THE VALIDITY OF POWER OF ATTORNEY AND AGENT'S AUTHORITY

_________, State of Wisconsin
_________ County


I, ________________________ certify under penalty of perjury that _________ granted me authority as an agent or successor agent in a power of attorney dated _________.

I further certify that to my knowledge:

(1)  The principal is alive and has not revoked the power of attorney or my authority to act under the power of attorney, and the power of attorney and my authority to act under the power of attorney have not terminated;
(2)  If the power of attorney was drafted to become effective upon the happening of an event or contingency, the event or contingency has occurred;
(3)  If I were named as a successor agent, the prior agent is no longer able or willing to serve; and
(4)  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (Insert other relevant statements)

SIGNATURE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

________________________________________________________________
Agent's signature            Date _________            At _________, State of Wisconsin

________________________________________________ Agent's name printed
________________________________________________ Agent's address
________________________________________________ Agent's telephone number
________________________________________________ Agent's email address


This document was signed in my presence on _________ (Date), by ________________________ (Name of agent).

_________________________________
(Seal)

Signature of notary: ___________________________
My commission expires: ___________________
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