Alabama General Power of Attorney Form


An Alabama general (financial) power of attorney form serves as a legal instrument permitting one individual, called an agent, to manage financial matters on behalf of another person, the principal. This document’s validity terminates upon the principal’s incapacitation, nullifying the agent’s authority to act. Thorough documentation of the agreement’s conditions is vital in clarifying the agent’s obligations, preventing possible financial detriment for the principal.

What is an Alabama General Power of Attorney?

An Alabama general power of attorney allows a state resident to appoint a trusted individual as their “agent” to manage financial matters on their behalf. The principal, or creator of the form, may grant the agent broad or narrowly-defined powers, depending on their specific needs. However, since this document does not cover long-term estate planning, the principal should give the agent a few targeted powers.

For instance, if someone plans to travel for several months and requires assistance managing rental properties, the general power of attorney can delegate authority to a reliable person to handle tasks in their stead. The principal can arrange compensation for the agent’s duties using the form.

If the agent terminates their role during the active period of the power of attorney, the principal must refer to state laws (§ 26-1A-118). The document’s creator must remain aware of this provision and understand the implications of appointing someone through the form.

Common General Power of Attorney Uses

A state resident uses this form when they wish to appoint a trusted individual, known as an “agent,” to manage their financial affairs under specific circumstances. Common scenarios include:

  1. Temporary Absence: If the principal will be away for an extended period, such as for travel, work, or medical treatment, and needs someone to handle their financial matters during that time.
  2. Health Issues: If the principal experiences health issues that limit their ability to manage finances, the general power of attorney can designate an agent to handle these matters on their behalf.
  3. Limited Scope: The principal may want to grant the agent authority over specific financial tasks, such as managing rental properties, handling bank transactions, or overseeing investments.

An Alabama general power of attorney is unsuitable for long-term estate planning or healthcare decisions. Instead, the principal should use an advance directive for healthcare-related matters.