It is the policy of this office that you understand the meaning and effect of your
power of attorney. 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.
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.
A 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.
Local policy is that powers of attorney be limited to a maximum of one (1) 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.
To Have A Power of Attorney Drafted
If you would like a power of attorney drafted, fill out the
Request and power of attorney form below. Return form by mail, fax, or email to tha address provided