A Maine Power of Attorney document is a legally enforced document that allows an individual to convey their decision-making authority to someone they trust. In these situations, the individual charged with making these decisions is known as the Agent, while the person who appoints this person is known as the Principal. In Maine, all power of attorney documents must comply with Title 18 of the Maine Revised Statutes. These statutes dictate that all power of attorney documents must be signed by the Principal (or someone representing them who signs in their presence). In addition, these statutes require these documents to be signed by at least two (2) witnesses or be notarized.
Completing a Maine Power of Attorney is a fairly simple process that only requires a few pieces of information from the Principal. Although this document is easy to complete, it is important that all of the information be provided according to Title 18, to ensure it can be legally enforced. First, the Principal will need to establish his or her identity by providing his or her full name and complete address. Next, he or she will provide the name and contact information of the Agent being appointed. In addition to the Agent's full name and address, the Principal will also provide a reliable contact number for the Agent. Next, the Principal will then name the power or powers being granted to the Agent. Once the Agent's powers have been designated, the Principal will sign the power of attorney form and allow two (2) witnesses to sign or have it notarized by a state-certified Notary Public.