If you want to grant permission to a trusted family member or friend to act legally on your behalf for financial, medical or personal reasons, you'll need to call on either general or special power of attorney.
- In a general power of attorney, your power of attorney agent will have broad legal authority over your affairs. In a special power of attorney, your agent will make decisions limited to only a few situations.
- To create power of attorney, you'll need to compose and sign a document granting this authority and ask two adult witnesses to sign as well. Although it's not required in all cases, it's often a good idea to seek out a notary public as a witness.
- To cancel power of attorney, you can shred the original document, orally revoke the power of attorney and have a witness attest to the revocation, or sign a document that ends your agent's legal authority. Regardless of your physical or mental state, you may end power of attorney at any time.
Consult a lawyer. Do not sign a document that you don't understand completely, and don't agree to grant legal authority or accept legal responsibility unless you are comfortable with it.
Source: Official Code of Georgia. This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice.