A Mississippi power of attorney document is a legal form that allows a person, known as a Principal, to convey their own decision-making authority to someone else who will act as their "Agent". As an Agent, this appointed individual can make decisions that involve tax decisions, temporary care over minor children, and many more areas. Mississippi offers a variety of power of attorney forms, which allow the Principal full versatility to convey as many or as few powers as he or she sees fit. In Mississippi, all power of attorney forms must be in accordance with Title 37, Chapter 3 of the Mississippi Code. This code dictates that all power of attorney forms must be in writing, they may not be oral agreements. Furthermore, these documents must be dated, signed by the Principal, and witnessed by two (2) competent individuals. The state also sets standards for physicians who may not want to comply with an Agent's decisions. Doctors who are unwilling to abide by the Agent's decisions in regards to the Principal must transfer care to a complying healthcare provider and must provide all necessary care until the Principal's healthcare is transferred.
Filling out a Mississippi Power of Attorney is a simple process that requires a few names and signatures to take effect. The process can be completed as follows:
Step 1 - Identify the Principal
To establish the identity of the Principal, provide his or her first and last name, along with their complete address.
Step 2 - Identify the Agent
The Agent can be identified by providing his or her full name, address, and contact number. Ensuring that the Agent is within reach and can be contacted in an emergency is important. Sometimes a Principal will appoint an alternative Agent if the primary cannot be contacted. To appoint an alternative, provide the name, address and phone number of the other Agent.
Step 3 - Convey Authority
In this step, the Principal will describe the responsibilities that are being conveyed to his or her Agent. This responsibility may be tax preparation, registration of a vehicle, or any other duties described under Title 37.
Step 4 - Signatures
After completing all of the required information, the Principal will then date and sign the document in the presence of his or her two (2) witnesses. These witnesses will then sign the document, fulfilling the legal requirements, and allowing the power of attorney to take effect.