An Arizona Power of Attorney form is a legal document that allows an individual to appoint a person they trust to act on their behalf. This document provides a legal pathway for another responsible and trustworthy individual, referred to as an “Agent” to make important decisions on another individual’s behalf. In Arizona, these documents are required to be written in compliance with Title 14, Article 5 of the Arizona Statutes. These statues establish requirements for each power of attorney document created within the state. In Arizona, Title 14 requires individuals to be at least 18 years old to be an Agent or Principal. These documents must also be in writing, and written in language that clearly indicates that the Agent is acting on behalf of the Principal. Once the document has been completed, the law requires it to be dated, signed and witnessed by an adult, or notary public who not a beneficiary of the Principal’s estate and not related by blood or marriage.
Completing a Power of Attorney document is a simple process, yet a process that cannot be taken lightly. By using one of these documents, the Principal is conveying legal responsibility to another individual to make critical and legal decisions on their behalf. To initiate a power of attorney document, the Principal will first declare their full name, followed by their complete address. Next, the Principal will provide the full name and complete address of their appointed Agent. Once the Agent has been named, the Principal will then appoint the powers granted to the Agent. These powers may range from making important medical decisions to handling tax affairs on the Principal's behalf. Now that the Agent's duties have been designated, the Principal will then sign and date the form, then have it witnessed or notarized according to the Arizona statues.