Before you complete and submit a Washington Power of Attorney form, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with Washington’s Power of Attorney forms and laws. To be granted PoA over an individual (also referred to as the principal or signer), you’ll need to complete several key steps.
The principal must sign the completed document, which must then be notarized. If you cannot secure a notary, you may also attest the claim with two witnesses’ help. However, these witnesses cannot be the principal’s primary care providers.
As you can see, there’s much to learn about the Power of Attorney in Washington. To help you better understand your option, let’s delve more deeply into the many different aspects of how this legal process works.
Washington Durable Power of Attorney
The Durable PoA form is designed for long-term agent control. This type of document lasts until the principal’s death. However, the principal can revoke the permissions, even if they’ve signed a form.
Washington General Power of Attorney
General Power of Attorney is sometimes referred to as Financial Power of Attorney. This authority grants the agent control over the principal’s investments and bank accounts. Naturally, the principal can select the precise amount of financial management the agent is allowed.
Washington Limited Power of Attorney
The Limited or Special Power of Attorney is one of the least-used privileges. It’s used rarely and is valid for a brief period. In this way, the Limited PoA is not a long-term option.
Washington Medical Power of Attorney
The Medical Power of Attorney, or Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, is a long-term agreement, much like the standard Durable PoA. It grants the agent power of health care decisions if the principal is incapacitated.
Unlike other powers, the principal may struggle to revoke this Power of Attorney. This is particularly true of principal signers deemed mentally unfit to make such a decision.
Washington Minor (Child) Power of Attorney
The Minor Power of Attorney is designed to help principals secure a responsible agent to oversee childcare responsibilities for children under age 18. This form may grant agents the ability to gain and keep custody of minors and manage their care.