| Create a customized, fully-legal Power of Attorney document in minutes! This legal forms software package from Standard Legal allows anyone to quickly and easily create a Power of Attorney document tailored to fit most every personal situation. The package includes both a Limited Power of Attorney for specifically-identified personal situations, or the more general Durable Power of Attorney to handle a broader range of personal financial and legal issues. Plus a Revocation Document to end the Power of Attorney relationship at the decision of the grantor! Legal and valid in all states once notarized. Complete details below...
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POWER OF ATTORNEY LEGAL FORMS SOFTWARE
Sometimes in life, a situation will arise where the mental or physical capacities of a person are reduced to the point where he can no longer make decisions for himself. Daily decisions must be left in the hands of another trusted person.
Or perhaps another situation comes to bear where person is unable to personally attend to a specific legal affair or piece of business, and wishes to have a designated representative handle the affair or transaction on his behalf.
In either case, what's needed is a Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney document allows one person to designate another person (or persons) to handle the business, financial and legal affairs of the person signing the form, either for a specific function or for overall day-to-day needs.
There are three types of Power of Attorney forms contained within the Standard Legal software package:
DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY
Used to permit a third party (an "attorney-in-fact") to conduct or engage in most ANY FORM OR TYPE of business on the part of the person signing the form - such as buying, selling or transferring property, signing documents, purchasing assets, opening bank accounts, buying stocks, etc., all in the name of the person signing the form (and with money owned by the person signing this form). This document is appropriate for individuals who do not wish to engage in such transactions or no longer desire to do the same (for example, but not limited to, an elderly or disabled individuals who can no longer leave their residence to conduct certain business, or individuals that may be leaving the country for a lengthy period of time who desire someone to handle their business on their behalf).
LIMITED POWER OF ATTORNEY
Used to permit a third party (an "attorney-in-fact") to conduct or engage in the specific business or transaction stated on the document on the part of the person signing the form. This document differs from the Durable Power of Attorney in two ways: 1) The authority granted under this document is limited to the tasks, business or transactions specifically stated in the document; 2) The authority granted under this document is limited in time, i.e. if the action or business is not taken or engaged in by the date set forth on the document, the authority to do the same lapses. This document is appropriate for individuals who cannot take certain actions on their own because they are unavailable to do so or to do so would result in some inconvenience.
REVOCATION OF POWER OF ATTORNEY
This document allows the user to end a Power of Attorney relationship, giving back to the maker all legal authority to again handle the business and/or financial affairs that were previously assigned through the initial Power of Attorney action.
For convenience sake, if a person wishes to name TWO PERSONS to act with Power of Attorney on his or her behalf within a single document, Standard Legal offers the option to do so in either the Durable or Limited Power of Attorney format.
Further, to ensure that the person(s) named attorney-in-fact keep in mind that they are to act solely in the best interest of the person granting the Power of Attorney, each of Standard Legal's POA documents contain a provision requiring that all legal and financial documentation be turned over upon request of the Grantor (or upon the request of a newly assigned attorney-in-fact) should the Power of Attorney be rescinded. Such a provision drafted directly into the form is a simple way to ensure that the documentation of activities -- and subsequent access to that documentation -- is available, should any questions arise later.
REMEMBER: PROPERLY COMPLETED POWER OF ATTORNEY FORMS ARE VERY POWERFUL LEGAL DOCUMENTS! The person(s) named as "attorney-in-fact" will have the ability -- once these documents are signed, witnessed and notarized and provided to such person(s) -- to conduct the business, transaction or engage in the conduct set forth on the document. In short, these documents allow the persons named as attorney-in-fact to carry out the business of the person signing this document, the same way as if he or she could do it him or herself. The persons named as "attorney-in-fact" must be trustworthy and have the best interest of the person signing this document in mind, so this program and the resulting forms should be used with the utmost care.
The forms provide by Standard Legal are the most up-to-date, legally accurate and easiest-to-use in the industry. Many of our competitors provide forms that are poorly formatted, out of date or simply filled with inaccurate instructions. Please take a minute to review the bullet points at the right detailing the 13 REASONS why our Standard Legal Software packages are the clear choice for do-it-yourself legal products! Also, check out the software format features listed below and you'll get a look inside the software to see how it works!
ATTENTION ATTORNEYS AND PARALEGALS:
IMPORTANT LICENSING INFORMATION FOR DOCUMENT PREPARATION PROFESSIONALS
The legal forms software described above is licensed exclusively for use by do-it-yourself "pro se" individuals who are creating legal forms for themselves or their immediate family members. If you are a legal professional looking for software forms that are licensed for use on behalf of clients in a commercial situation, please review our Professional Version option.
QUALIFIED ATTORNEY AUTHORS:
All of the legal forms within each Standard Legal Software product are carefully researched and written by a highly-qualified, experienced, licensed attorney.
UP-TO-DATE LEGAL CONTENT:
All of the content and instructions are updated any time a state or federal law, statute or administrative requirement changes. Our legal forms content is in constant review.
The comprehensive instructions are written for use by ordinary, everyday people! If you can answer clear, specific questions and follow written instructions, you can complete these forms. The format of this software truly is "fill-in-the-blank".
USE THE SOFTWARE AT-ONCE:
Use the software immediately after purchase! Get encrypted links to the software download server and password-protected online access within seconds after the transaction. Links are provided both on-screen and in an email confirmation.
EASILY DOWNLOADABLE FORMS:
Standard Legal's forms can be downloaded in total within one .zip file, or individually from the online forms server! No .exe file installation required. Both versions are identical in content and functionality, and both are included as part of the purchase price.
USE WITH ANY COMPUTER:
Mac or PC, Microsoft Word or a simple text editor, dial-up connection or a T-1 line -- no matter what type of system you have, you can use Standard Legal Software. True cross-platform, multi-program legal forms options.
FREE TECHNICAL SUPPORT:
The support staff at the Standard Legal Network is trained to help its clients download and access the software effectively. While we cannot provide legal advice to you, our staff will gladly assist you by email in obtaining and using the forms.
SECURE PAYMENT PROCESSING:
Feel confident in making an online purchase, as we provide 128-bit encryption of your transaction data and personal information using the latest payment technologies from Authorize.net!
NO SHIPPING FEES NECESSARY:
Because the products sold by Standard Legal are provided in downloadable software format, there are no additional fees for handling and shipping a printed package of paper. Print out only the forms that you need!
FREE ATTORNEY REFERRAL:
All customers gain free access to our attorney referral site. If you decide that handling a situation yourself might not be the way to go, you can log on to our attorney referral site and find a qualified attorney to help you with your case. No charge to post your case!
LEGAL & VALID IN ALL STATES:
The forms provided by Standard Legal are valid throughout the USA. Whenever necessary, state-specific language or forms are provided to cover all districts and territories:
SAVE MONEY ON LEGAL FEES:
Bottom line, when you use forms from Standard Legal, you can quickly and easily create the same legal documents for which a local attorney would charge hundreds -- or even thousands -- of dollars. The net result can be a very substantial savings!
100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE:
Standard Legal guarantees that all of the documents provided within our software will be acceptable to the appropriate court or government agency, and will refund 100% of the purchase price should a document not be accepted due to our error.
I ordered three Standard Legal forms: Last Will & Testament, Power of Attorney and Living Will. The forms were written in such a way that the 'legaleze' was easy for a layman such as myself to understand; the language and meaning left nothing to question. No law library was necessary. The witnesses and Notary I chose to verify my signature were amazed at the simplicity of it all. I am satisfied that the forms will do the job when the time comes to settle my estate...
-- Charles L. White, Fulton TX
I purchased Standard Legal software in order to prepare a Will, a Power of Attorney and a Living Will for my ailing mother-in-law. The forms were easy to use and I prepared the documents in a short period of time. Unfortunately, my mother-in-law died within 10 days of the forms being prepared and signed. The local hospital honored the Living Will forms, and the attorney who assisted me in probating her estate was impressed with the quality of the Will. The estate was probated without incident. I will be purchasing additional Standard Legal software in order to sell my mother-in-law's real estate. Your software saved me hundreds of dollars, so thank you!
-- Bryan Frank, Anderson IN
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-- Howard Jordan II, Pensacola FL
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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS & SOFTWARE FILE SPECIFICATIONS:
Standard Legal Software works on virtually all Windows, Apple / Mac, and Linux-based systems. Links to a downloadable file are presented immediately upon the completion of your transaction. The initial download is provided as a compressed .zip file which much be expanded to access a series of folders containing all of the legal forms, overview files and instruction files. To expand the initial download, most computers come with a decompression utility like WinZip pre-installed; if your computer does not have a .zip utility, we recommend StuffIt Expander (it's FREE!).
For most titles, the initial download contains all of the forms and instructions needed. However, an active web connection is highly recommended even after the initial downloaded is completed, as some of the information contained within some of the titles may be accessible only from our online forms server. (Read the START-HERE.txt file included in the initial download for specific instructions.) The online forms server allows for the most up-to-date legal documents to be available at any time, and prevents the user from downloading forms that will never be used from titles that have an exceptionally large number of files. Once the proper forms are downloaded from our servers, they are to be completed offline; you do not need to be online to complete any of the forms.
Generally, the legal forms contained within each Standard Legal title are provided in three formats: as Microsoft Word files, as standard text files, and as Adobe PDF files. TO GET A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE FUNCTIONALITY OF OUR LEGAL FORM FORMATS -- AS WELL AS FULLY-WORKING SAMPLES OF THOSE FORMATS -- CLICK HERE. Note that some forms are provided in only one or two of the available formats.
The fully-featured commercial version of Microsoft Word is required to complete the Word-formatted forms. Other open-source and commercial word processing programs like Microsoft Works, WordPerfect, Word Pad, OpenOffice, Google Docs, Note Pad or Simple Text may also be used, but only with the "straight text" version of the forms. Finally, the provided PDF versions of the forms require the download and installation of either Adobe's Acrobat Reader (it's FREE!), another vendor's PDF program that permits the entering of data into form fields, or the full commercial version of Adobe Acrobat.
Access to the password-protected online legal forms server (sometimes called "the online version") requires a java-enabled web browser like Internet Explorer 3.0 or later, which typically comes already installed on most systems. (If your system does not have a web browser, you can download the most recent version of Internet Explorer or Firefox for FREE.) Once you access the online version of our legal forms server, the user should read the instructions provided on the main menu and download only the specific legal forms, overviews and instructions required for his or her situation. Once all of the necessary files are downloaded, the user may complete those forms "offline" using the programs listed above.
Have a Power of Attorney question?
(Or read the answers to the questions already posed at Ask Standard Legal to learn more!)