Power of Attorney
When you create a power of attorney, you are making a legal document that grants a named individual authority to act on your behalf. That authority can be as broad or narrow as you like, since the terms of the document control. The person named in the power of attorney has a fiduciary duty to act in your best interests and can be subject to criminal and civil charges if he does not.
Power of Attorney Forms
If you decide to use a power of attorney when you leave on vacation, take time to fill out the form carefully. You can usually get forms from your court, your attorney or a reputable online legal provider. State requirements differ, so be certain your form incorporates the legal requirements for a power of attorney in your jurisdiction. For example, some states require notarization, while others require only witness signatures.