You will have many options available when creating one or more power of attorneys in Arizona. You may want to consider using more than one so that all of your needs are met. This is easier said than done. An Arizona estate planning lawyer can help you weigh your options based on your specific circumstances.
General Durable Power of Attorney
This is the broadest type of POA. It is usually used for financial matters, but can apply to a wide array of decisions. You can use a general power of attorney to assign someone the authority to complete financial, business, and real estate transactions on your behalf should you become incapacitated. Even if you don’t have a business or own real estate, this type of POA can still be useful.
Special Power of Attorney
This type of POA is only meant to give your representative a narrow range of authority. These are often used for one-time transactions. They are also typically used in situations outside your legal incapacitation. For example, if you are planning on going out of the country, are about to be deployed, have impending prison or jail time, or simply don’t want to be inconvenienced by a task, you can use a special power of attorney to give that responsibility to someone that you trust. You need to make sure that your special power of attorney is worded very clearly to make sure that your representative’s range of authority is as narrow as you intend.
Health Care and Mental Health Power of Attorney
While a general POA applies to financial and personal matters, it doesn’t extend to decisions regarding your medical treatments. You can use a Health Care and Mental Health Power of Attorney to designate who you would like to have authority over these types of decisions if you become incapacitated. This is not to be confused with a living will, which indicates how you want specific decisions to be made rather than giving someone else the authority to make them.
Revocation of Power of Attorney
There may come a time when you no longer want your chosen representative to have authority in a situation that calls for a POA. If so, you will need to revoke, or cancel, your power of attorney. A POA can be revoked at any time that you are mentally competent. Also, you will need to notify your representative of the revocation, as well as anyone else who was aware of POA and may need to rely on it in the future. You may want to make sure that your revocation is executed properly by hiring a qualified estate planning lawyer. Furthermore, you should also contact an Arizona estate planning lawyer if your representative refuses to acknowledge that the POA has been revoked.