Rhode Island Real Estate (Property) Power of Attorney Form

An individual, referred to as the Principal, who wants to partake in real estate transactions with the aid of another party can do so by filing a Rhode Island Real Estate (Property) Power of Attorney. Comprising of directions from the Principal regarding the affairs they wish this party (referred to as their Agent) to manage in their absence, this form must be referred to by the Agent when they carry out tasks for the Principal. In cases where it is not clear how the Principal would like the Agent to proceed, the Agent should ensure they act in the Principal’s best interests.


State Laws & Signing Requirements

State Laws – Rhode Island Short Form Power of Attorney Act

Signing Requirements (§ 18-16-2) – The presence of witnesses nor notarization by a Notary Public are necessary for a Real Estate (Property) Power of Attorney to be put into effect in Rhode Island, but the Principal’s signature and acknowledgement are. That being said, the former act to safeguard the Principal’s interests, so it is highly recommended that witnesses and a Notary Public to attend the signing.