Alabama Limited Power of Attorney Form
An Alabama limited power of attorney (POA) is a specific type of power of attorney that gives a principal (the individual giving the permission) the option to specifically write the powers they would like to give to their chosen agent (attorney-in-fact). This can include the power to represent the principal regarding their business or personal life, such as buying a home, selling their car, or cashing checks. The agent will typically be given a single power, although more can be assigned.
Signing requirements (§ 26-1A-105): Must be notarized.
What is Limited Power of Attorney?
A limited POA differs from other main types as it is not long-lasting. The agent is also more restricted as they must follow the exact wishes of the principal. To compare, the list below contains a short definition for each category.
- Durable POA – A type of POA that is commonly used and remains in effect even if the principal dies or becomes incapacitated.
- Medical POA – This document gives an agent to make health-related decisions for the principal when or if they are unable.
- General POA – An agent is able to represent the principal in financial-related matters using this form. However, their power becomes null if the principal becomes mentally disabled or passes away.
Similar to a general POA, a limited POA is no longer valid if the principal succumbs to injury or death.
The four types are alike, however. With each agreement, the principal is able to remove the agent’s power. They can simply end the agreement by completing an Alabama Revocation Form. As a way to protect themselves, the principal can send the signed documents to banks or businesses so they know the agent can no longer act on their behalf.
While it is possible to revoke the agreement, it is important to select an agent that is trustworthy from the start. Additionally, the principal should be very specific when writing the terms. Following these steps will ensure that the agent fulfills their duties as desired.