Circular 1113-3
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A power of attorney is a legal document that allows another person to act on your behalf. The individual who gives the power is called the principal, and the designated person who is given the power is known as the agent or attorney-in-fact. The agent does not have to be an attorney and can be anyone you choose. It is advisable to make sure to choose an agent who is trustworthy, honest, and competent. The classification of a power of attorney will vary based on the amount of authority given to the agent as well as on the timing of duties for the agent. The four classifications include limited or special power of attorney, general power of attorney, durable power of attorney, and springing power of attorney.

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Published on Apr 12, 2017

Joan Koonce Professor & Financial Mgmt Specialist, Family & Consumer Sciences
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