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Power of Attorney

Understanding Your Power of Attorney

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 Legal Assistance Request and power of attorney form below. Return form by mail, fax, or email to tha address provided

    Documents Needed

  • Legal Assistance Request
  • Power of Attorney Worksheet

    1. United States Coast Guard
      Commanding Officer
      Legal Service Command (LSC-41E)
      300 East Main Street Suite 400
      Norfolk, Virginia 23510

      Phone: (757)628-4200
      Fax: (757)628-4217/4451

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    Last Modified 4/28/2014