Create a revocable Power of Attorney document in minutes! Legally name a person you trust to handle your affairs as your Attorney-in-Fact. Two different Power of Attorney documents are included: a Limited Power of Attorney for a specific piece of business; and a Durable Power of Attorney to handle a broad range of personal, financial or legal issues long term. Plus a Revocation Document to end the Power of Attorney relationship at any time.
HOW STANDARD LEGAL SOFTWARE WORKS: A simple introduction and easy-to-read overviews are presented first. A questionnaire follows. Text fields, check boxes and drop-down menus are used to collect your answers, with additional instructions next to each field if needed. As soon as the questionnaire is finished, the final documents are created instantly: just save and print! It's that easy.
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REVOCABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY LEGAL FORMS SOFTWARE
It's a fairly common situation in life where the mental or physical capacities of a person become reduced to the point that it's time to leave daily financial and legal decisions in the hands of another.
Equally common is the situation where a person is fully capable but unable to attend to a specific legal matter or piece of business directly, and wishes to have a designated representative handle that affair or transaction on his behalf.
In either case, a properly drafted and executed Power of Attorney document is required.
A Power of Attorney document allows one person (called the Principal) to designate another person or persons (called the Attorney-in-Fact) to handle the business, financial and legal affairs of the person signing the form. This document can be crafted either for a specific function or for overall day-to-day needs.
There are three Power of Attorney documents within this software package:
REVOCABLE DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY - Used to permit a third party (an "Attorney-in-Fact") to conduct or engage in almost any form or type of business on the part of the Principal, the person signing the form. This business includes such actions as buying, selling or transferring property, signing documents, purchasing assets, opening bank accounts, buying stocks, etc. All of these actions are done in the name of the Principal, using money or assets owned by the Principal. This document is appropriate for individuals who do not wish to engage in such transactions, or can no longer do so. For example, an elderly or disabled individual who can no longer leave his or her residence to conduct certain business; an individual who may be leaving the country for a lengthy period of time; etc.
REVOCABLE 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 behalf of the Principal, 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 at will, giving back to the Principal all legal authority to again handle the business and/or financial affairs previously assigned through the Power of Attorney document.
Note that if a person wishes to name TWO PERSONS within a single document to act with Power of Attorney on his or her behalf, Standard Legal offers that option within the Durable Power of Attorney. (The Limited document typically is created for specific tasks within a short time period, so it does not lend itself to naming two persons as Attorney-in-Fact.)
Further, to ensure that the person(s) named as 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 at the request of the Principal (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: A PROPERLY COMPLETED DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FORM IS A VERY POWERFUL LEGAL DOCUMENT. Once this document is signed, witnessed, notarized and provided to the person(s) named as 'Attorney-in-Fact', those persons will have the ability to conduct almost ALL business on behalf of the Principal (again, from opening and closing bank accounts, to selling the Principal's real estate or personal property, to obtaining loans and placing mortgages on property, etc.). As such, the person(s) named as 'Attorney-in-Fact' must be completely trustworthy and have only the best interest of the Principal in mind.
WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY: STANDARD LEGAL POWER OF ATTORNEY
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
With a very sick father suffering from cancer, Standard Legal allowed me to get the appropriate legal documents prepared for him without my father ever having to leave the comfort of his home. Thanks, Standard Legal.
-- Howard Jordan II, Pensacola FL
WHY CHOOSE STANDARD LEGAL?
FULLY SECURE PERSONAL DATA: Our software is downloaded then completed offline, not run through an online webform that transmits your data across the internet to be stored in a database. So your answers stay completely private and secure, and your personal data never leaves your hard drive!
QUALIFIED ATTORNEY AUTHORS: All of the legal forms within each Standard Legal software title are carefully researched and written by a highly-qualified, experienced, licensed attorney.
UP-TO-DATE LEGAL CONTENT: Documents and instructions are revised any time a state or federal law, statute or administrative requirement changes. Our legal forms content is in constant review!
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS: Clear instructions are posted directly next to each question asked. No 'legal-eze' either! Standard Legal writes in a way that is "step-by-step" and easy to understand.
IMMEDIATE ACCESS: Use the software right after purchase! Get encrypted links to a download within seconds, both on-screen with your order invoice and again as a backup in an email confirmation.
EASILY DOWNLOADABLE FORMS: Standard Legal's forms can be downloaded in one .zip file, with additional state-specific documents available from the online forms server.
USE WITH ANY DEVICE: Windows, Mac, Apple, iPad, Android, Linux. Desktop PC, laptop, tablet, mobile device. Nearly any system can use the software from Standard Legal!
FREE TECHNICAL SUPPORT: Standard Legal helps its clients in any way we can. While we cannot provide legal advice, we will gladly assist you by email, phone or social media to access and use our software.
NO SHIPPING FEES: with downloadable software, there are no additional fees for handling and shipping a printed package of paper or a software CD box. Print out only the forms you need!
FREE ATTORNEY REFERRAL: If you decide that handling a situation yourself might not be wise, access 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 from Standard Legal are valid in every USA state and territory. Primary documents cover federal law, with state-specific language or forms provided as required.
SAVE MONEY ON LEGAL FEES: Quickly and easily create the same kinds of legal documents as a local attorney. And save hundreds -- sometimes even thousands -- of dollars in the process!
100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: Standard Legal guarantees that all of the documents in our software will be accepted when completed as directed and submitted to the appropriate court, clerk, office or agency. Should any document not be accepted due to an issue with our content, we will correct that document for you at once or refund 100% of the purchase price -- or both! Complete details here.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS & SOFTWARE FILE SPECIFICATIONS:
Standard Legal software is PDF based and works on virtually all Windows, Apple, Macintosh, Android and Linux-based systems for PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.
The legal forms are interactive PDFs with a questionnaire that turns the information you provide into a finished legal document using the FREE Adobe Reader. It is critical to use the most up-to-date version of Reader (currently v11) to ensure the software works correctly. If you already use Reader, check the version under 'Help > Check for Updates'. You may also use the up-to-date commercial version of Adobe Acrobat Pro to complete the forms.
Adobe Reader should ALWAYS be used as a stand-alone program or mobile app. It should NEVER be used within a web browser, as doing so significantly limits the functionality of Reader.
Links to a downloadable file are presented immediately upon the completion of your order. The initial download is provided as a .zip file which much be expanded to access the forms, overviews and instructions.
For most titles, the initial download contains everything. For titles with many state-specific documents, additional files must also be downloaded from our online forms server. Read the START-HERE.txt file included in the initial download for specific instructions. Once a file is downloaded, the forms within can be completed offline; an internet connection is not required to complete any of the forms after download.
WANT YOUR SOFTWARE ON A CD? A software CD of your legal form titles can be mailed to you for an additional $9.95 by choosing that shipping option during checkout. CD details here.
ATTORNEYS, PARALEGALS AND DOCUMENT PREPARATION PROFESSIONALS: This legal forms software is licensed exclusively for pro se users. Those in the legal industry who wish to create custom documents for clients should review our Professional Version software.
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