Hawaii Power of Attorney Forms
The Hawaii Power of Attorney Forms are written legal records of any arrangement that involves one party, legally referred to as the Principal, assigning their decision making responsibilities for one or more circumstances to another party, legally referred to as the Agent. There are numerous reasons why a Principal may choose to nominate a Power of Attorney, including a lack of time, traveling commitments, or to anticipate future health problems.
What is a Hawaii Power of Attorney?
A Hawaii Power of Attorney is a state-approved legal document that allows for power of attorney to be established by any willing individual. All states have their own set of laws that attend to the specifications of this legal arrangement. Hawaiian citizens should, therefore, ensure that they not only select a form that reflects any and all legal considerations required by their state, but also that they meet all of the requirements necessary for the arrangement to be considered legitimate.
- Hawaii Power of Attorney Laws – (Ch. 551E, “Uniform Power of Attorney Act”)
- State Definition of Power of Attorney (§ 551E-1) – “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 (§ 551E-3) – The Principal’s signature must be authorized by a Notary Public.
Advance Health Care Directive (Medical POA) – Referred to either as an Advance Health Care Directive or Medical Power of Attorney, this form specifically addresses the principal’s wishes regarding their health care when hospitalized.
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Durable (Financial) Power of Attorney Form – If the principal wishes for the conditions of a power of attorney to be upheld continuously—regardless of their mental or physical state—they should create a power of attorney that is durable in nature.
General (Financial) Power of Attorney Form – A form which entitles, with permission of the principal, for an agent to make decisions concerning the finances of the principal. As a general type of power of attorney, such decisions may be made up until the principal is incapable of making sound decisions themselves.
Limited (Special) Power of Attorney Form – Creating a power of attorney that is too broad in nature for a specific circumstance can lead to unwanted ambiguities. As such, anyone wishing to limit the scope of a power of attorney is advised to make use of this particular document.
Minor Child Power of Attorney Form – A contract that allows parents to give legal consent to another party to act in their place, in a parental capacity, for the purpose of guaranteeing the care of their child(ren) when they are not present.
Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney Form – This document makes it possible for a motor vehicle to be legally bought, sold, or managed in the manner detailed within this form by another party elected by the creator of this legal document.
Real Estate (Property) Power of Attorney Form – Real estate affairs can be highly complex for a sole individual to manage on their own. For this reason, many individuals choose to designate their powers over such affairs to another party using a Real Estate Power of Attorney Form.
Revocation of Power of Attorney Form – The legal responsibility bestowed on an agent to act on behalf of a principal can be withdrawn with the filing of this document.
State Tax Power of Attorney Form – Used by taxpaying individuals who either lack the time or expertise to manage their taxes, this document makes it possible for an agent to represent a given taxpayer in a range of situations involving the payment of taxes.
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When is it Effective?
According to § 551E-3, for a Power of Attorney to be effective in the state of Hawaii, it must be signed by the Principal (or another person authorized to sign in the Principal’s name) and be witnessed by a Notary Public or another individual who is lawfully authorized to take acknowledgments.