The Maryland Power of Attorney document is a legally backed document that allows an individual to transfer his or her decision-making authority to a person they trust. Circumstances and reasons vary for the use of power of attorney documents. Sometimes a Principal (the individual who is appointing another person to make these decisions) may need someone to make important healthcare decisions when he or she is unable, or perhaps the Principal is in need of someone to care for their children while they are deployed in the military. Because of the various needs that a Principal may have, power of attorney documents come in multiple forms, allowing for maximum versatility. In Maryland, all power of attorney documents must conform to Title 17 of the Maryland Revised Statutes, which requires these types of documents to first and foremost be voluntary. This means that the Principal may not be coerced or persuaded. Furthermore, all power of attorney documents must be dated, signed, and in writing; these agreements may not be verbal. Additionally, here are the remaining requirements for a legal Maryland Power of Attorney:
A Maryland power of attorney can be completed fairly quickly with just a few simple pieces of information. The first piece of information that the Principal must provide is their first and last name, in addition to their complete address. This will establish their identity as the Principal. Next, the Principal will appoint his or her Agent by providing his or her full name, address, and telephone number. Once the identity of the Agent has been confirmed, the Principal will then describe the powers that he or she has confirmed. Once the Agent's powers have been specified, the Principal may sign and date the document in the presence of his or her witnesses so it may take effect.