Connecticut Power of Attorney Forms
The Connecticut Power of Attorney Forms are a set of legal documents that can be used individually or in conjunction with one another to encompass a narrow or wide range of issues concerning the care of an individual’s matters. Spanning both personal and/or business matters, the scope of a Power of Attorney can include finances, medical treatment, children, taxes, and property.
What is a Connecticut Power of Attorney?
A Connecticut Power of Attorney is a contract that stands as a legal record of the decision of one party (known as the Principal) to allow another party (known as the Agent) to act on their behalf for one or more matters related to the property, people, or obligations in their life. Neither party can be forced into entering into a Power of Attorney (POA) arrangement, otherwise the contract will become void. It is also important to note that an Agent must meet the certain criteria set out in state POA laws.
- Connecticut Power of Attorney Laws – (Chapter 15c, “Uniform Power of Attorney Act”)
- State Definition of Power of Attorney (§ 1-350a(7)) – “means a writing or other record that grants authority to an agent to act in the place of the principal, whether or not the term power of attorney is used.”
- Signing Requirements (§ 1-350d) – The Principal’s signature must be witnessed by a Notary Public, a commissioner of the Superior Court, or other authorized individual; if another individual will sign on behalf of the principal, the signature must be witnessed by two (2) witnesses.
Durable (Statutory) Power of Attorney Form – A form that is particularly useful for ensuring that the wishes of the principal will continue to be carried out, regardless of their state of mind or physical condition.
General (Financial) Power of Attorney Form – Should an individual plan to hand over their financial decision making powers to another person so that they may in turn take on any associated responsibilities, they may legally do so by completing a General (Financial) Power of Attorney Form.
Limited (Special) Power of Attorney Form – A power of attorney document that clearly defines the limited extent by which one party willingly allows another party to take on their responsibilities for the circumstances highlighted in the form.
Medical Power of Attorney Form – A legal form that can encompass a number of health-related circumstances whereby an Agent should act on behalf of a Principal to make relevant medical decisions.
Minor Child Power of Attorney Form – A contract in which a parent or guardian may declare that another individual should act in their stead to perform parenting duties in the circumstances specified in the form.
Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney (Form A-83) – A POA form created for the primary purpose of authorizing an agent to perform certain actions that are linked to a motor vehicle owned by the principal.
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Real Estate (Property) Power of Attorney Form – If an individual chooses to designate another party to purchase, sell, manage, or refinance a real property, it is a requirement that both parties complete this form.
Revocation of Power of Attorney Form – It is important for a principal to keep this form in mind, as it serves an important purpose of ceasing a power of attorney if the principal does not wish for it to endure any longer.
State Tax Power of Attorney (Form LGL-001) – In Connecticut, anyone who wants to designate power of attorney for state taxes must use Form LGL-001. This form makes it simple for a principal to indicate precisely which powers they have chosen to hand over to an agent.
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When is it Effective?
According to § 1-350d, for a POA to be valid in the state of Connecticut, it must 1) be signed by the principal or another person authorized to sign the principal’s name (and subsequently witnessed by two (2) witnesses), and 2) the principal’s signature must be viewed while in the presence of a Notary Public (or other lawful entity authorized to take acknowledgments, such as a commissioner of the Superior Court).