The power-of-attorney is one of the strongest legal documents that an individual can give to another person. Accordingly, you must be making it of your own free will. It authorizes your agent to act of your behalf and carry on your business in your absence. PLEASE NOTE that a person or business does not have to accept or acknowledge your power-of-attorney; it is totally within their discretion. There are two types of power-of -attorney:
A. GENERAL POWER-OF-ATTORNEY - authorizes your agent to do any number of acts relating to your property and personal affairs. Because this document grants broad, virtually unlimited authority to your agent, it should be given to a person you trust implicitly. Normally, a general power-of-attorney for selling or purchasing real property is not accepted. Use a special power-of-attorney.
B. SPECIAL POWER-OF-ATTORNEY - authorizes your agent to do one or more certain specified acts, such as selling your car, shipping household goods, or cashing a paycheck.
You should grant no greater power than is absolutely necessary. In addition, your agent should be someone in whom you have absolute trust and confidence.
You will formally execute one original of your power-of attorney. You should give the original to your agent and keep a copy for yourself. Photocopies of your power-of-attorney are generally unacceptable because they do not contain original signatures or the notarial seal.
You should not make a power-of-attorney last any longer than is necessary. Office policy is that powers-of-attorney are limited to a maximum of a year. Your power-of-attorney will automatically terminate upon the death of either you or your agent. Otherwise, it will terminate on the date that you specified in the document. Should you revoke your power-of-attorney prior to its stated termination date, you should seek the assistance of the legal assistance office or of a civilian attorney in order to do so.
Power of Attorney Questionnaires
Once you have completed the form, please mail the form to:
Ninth Coast Guard District (dl)
1240 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44199
Tel (216) 902-6010
Fax (216) 902-6055
Or, E-mail to: Stephen.T.Lynch@uscg.mil