Florida Power of Attorney

Are you aware of the two Florida power of attorneys no adult should be without? These durable power of attorneys for health and finance should be in every estate plan. Have you spent time with your Florida estate planning attorney lately? Maybe these are taken care of and you just need a special power of attorney so a friend can sell a car for you.

There are many different types of power of attorneys. The important ones for your estate plan are the ones covering health and finances. You are simply giving someone you trust the power to make medical and financial decisions for you should you ever become unable to.

The durable part of a POA means that the document becomes effective in the event you are declared mentally incapacitated. Normal power of attorneys are void at any time you are declared incompetent.

Legal Zoom has different types of Florida power of attorney forms available for you round the clock, no need to drive around town searching for them. Some of the different types of special power of attorneys you may need at some point are:

  • power of attorney for children
  • power of attorney for child care
  • power of attorney for minors
  • motor vehicle power of attorney
  • travel power of attorney
  • property power of attorney

This list goes on and on, but one form can take care of all of it. A general power of attorney gives your agent the authority to make decisions and sign documents for all aspects of your life.

In Florida, the person you appoint to handle your affairs is called an attorney-in-fact. Many times a spouse is named the attorney-in-fact. Florida law does not void a power of attorney, in a divorce situation where the spouse is the attorney-in-fact. So, obviously, this POA is a very important document to change, or void, if your spouse is your attorney-in-fact and you are getting divorced. You can read more about florida divorce issues and law at Florida Divorce.

However, a Florida power of attorney does automatically become invalid when the attorney-in-fact cannot be located. Having an alternate A-I-F in the POA is a good way to handle this issue.

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