The term “power of attorney” refers to a legal arrangement in which one person gives another the authority to make decisions on their behalf. The person granting PoA is usually known as the “principal,” while the person accepting PoA is known as the “agent.”
Rhode Island power of attorney can take several different forms. Each form delineates the extent and limits of the power bestowed upon the agent, determining the types of decisions they’re permitted to make.
Rhode Island Durable Power of Attorney
Durable PoA arrangements include a “durable” clause that enables the agent to remain in control of the principal’s affairs even in the case of their death or incapacitation.
Under Rhode Island law, a principal can confer an attorney’s durable power on more than one agent and elect to have multiple agents act jointly (together) or severally (individually).
Rhode Island General Power of Attorney
General PoA grants the agent the authority to act as the principal in performing actions and
making decisions of various kinds. This authority commonly extends to important matters like:
- Management of personal finances and property
- Business transactions
- Estate planning
Under Rhode Island law, the general power of attorney ends when the principal dies, becomes incapacitated, or formally revokes the privilege.
Rhode Island Limited Power of Attorney
The limited PoA in Rhode Island confines the agent’s legal power to a specific task or category of actions, such as buying or selling property or paying bills.
This form is sometimes called “special” since it deals with a particular set of circumstances.
Rhode Island Medical Power of Attorney
Medical PoA relates specifically to the health and wellbeing of the principal. These agents are often tasked with making decisions like where to seek treatment and whether or not to consent to certain procedures.
In Rhode Island, medical PoA is recognized as a form of advance directive.
Rhode Island Minor (Child) Power of Attorney
Guardian of Minor power of attorney empowers the agent with legal discretion in the care of the principal’s children or other minors in their charge. In this sort of arrangement, the agent is given some degree of legal guardianship, which is outlined in the terms set forth by the principal.
Following are answers for some of the most common questions about power of attorney in the state of Rhode Island.