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Different types of Power of Attorney (Missouri)

Missouri power of attorney forms allows a person ("principal") to choose an agent to handle their personal and business affairs while they are alive. The agent will have the same power as if the principal was acting on their behalf.

As a Power of Attorney (POA) Notary expert, I have worked with many families to notarize different types of POAs. This can be a very sensitive topic and a difficult step for the principal to take. When it's time to complete the paperwork, it's important to have this discussion prior to signing documents in front of a Notary Public.

When notarizing a power of attorney, I typically take the following steps:

  • Ensure the Signers are present

  • Ask all Signers to present proof of identity

  • Assess and ask if the principal is willing and able to sign the document(s) and make a commonsense judgment

  • Administer an oath or affirmation to the signer, if necessary

  • Complete my Notary journal and have all signers sign

There are several common types of power of attorney. It is advisable to talk with an attorney first rather than just pulling the forms from the internet. There are several types of Missouri power of attorney forms:

  • Durable (Financial) Power of Attorney - The principal selects someone else to handle their financial affairs and remains valid if they should become incapacitated.

  • General (Financial) Power of Attorney - Used for general financial powers becomes void upon an incapacitating event.

  • Limited Power of Attorney - Used for specific and limited circumstances.

  • Medical Power of Attorney - Used to appoint someone to handle your healthcare needs when they are unable to do so.

  • Minor (Child) Power of Attorney - Used when you want to empower someone to take care of your children to make educational and health decisions on their behalf.

  • Revocation of Power of Attorney - Used to cancel or terminate a POA the principal may have previously entered into.

  • Real Estate Power of Attorney - Used to allow another person to handle the closing or day-to-day operation of real property.

  • Tax Power of Attorney (Form 2827) - Used when the principal wishes to appoint a tax professional to handle their filings and obtain information on their behalf.

  • Vehicle Power of Attorney (Form 4054) - Used when you seek to have another person handle the titling and registration of your vehicle.

***This post is for informational purposes only and does not provide legal advice. I am not a licensed attorney and cannot give legal advice or answer any legal questions.

I am a certified Notary Public. You may contact me to notarize your Missouri Power of Attorney forms. Click the link below to schedule a POA notary appointment.


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