Washington Durable Power of Attorney Form for Finances

The Washington Durable Power of Attorney for Finances is a document that is fully compliant with state laws requirements for a Durable Power of Attorney form to be deemed legally valid. That is, RCW 11.125.040 states that a Power of Attorney will terminate if the Principal of it becomes incapacitated except for cases where the Power of Attorney explicitly states that it should not terminate in such a circumstance.

Additional Considerations

In order for the durability of the Power of Attorney to be established, RCW 11.125.040 states that the Principal must either state one of the following instructions in the Power of Attorney, or include words that reflect a similar intent from themselves:

  1. “This Power of Attorney shall not be affected by disability of the Principal,” or
  2. “This Power of Attorney shall become effective upon the disability of the Principal.”

State Laws & Signing Requirements

State Laws – Uniform Power of Attorney Act

Signing Requirements (RCW 11.125.050) – As required by Washington state law, the Principal must sign the Washington Durable Power of Attorney Form for Finances and their signature must be either:

  • Acknowledged before a Notary Public or another authorized individual, or
  • Attested by two (2) or more competent witnesses who meet the requirements that are detailed in this law.