A power of attorney is a legal document in which one person – the principal – gives another person – the agent, or attorney-in-fact – the power to make certain decisions or actions on the principal's behalf. For example, the principal may give the agent the power to make financial or medical decisions. A power of attorney is automatically revoked on the death of the principal, and some powers of attorney are written so that they expire on a given date. In addition to this, all powers of attorney can be revoked by the principal at any time, as long as the principal is of sound mind and a few simple procedures are followed.
Obtain and fill out a standard power of attorney revocation form. These forms can be purchased from legal supply stores and obtained online. You can also write out the form on a piece of paper or on a computer. The form must contain the principal's name, a statement that the principal is of sound mind, the date, a statement that the principal wishes to revoke the power of attorney, the date the power of attorney was granted and the agent's name.
Take the document to a notary public. You will also need two witnesses.
Sign the revocation form in front of the notary public. Your witnesses should also sign the document in front of the notary public.
Make certified copies of the notarized document. Give one copy of this document to the attorney-in-fact, and tell him you will no longer be using his services. Give other copies to any institutions or agencies that were notified of the original power of attorney, such as banks and health care facilities. If you filed the original power of attorney with the county records department in your county, you should also file the revocation in the same place.
Keep the original revocation in a safe place.
- Revocation form
Tips & Warnings
You do not need to give a reason to revoke a power of attorney.
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