A New Hampshire Power of attorney is a document that provides a legal means for someone to convey their legal decision-making authority to someone whom they trust to make these decisions for them if they are ever unable. When discussing a power of attorney document, the individual who conveys their authority is referred to as the Principal while the person they appoint to carry out these tasks is known as the Agent. The power of attorney document comes in many different forms, and cover a variety of areas. In New Hampshire, all power of attorney forms must conform to Chapter 564-E of the New Hampshire Revised Statutes. These statutes also set a standard in which all power of attorney forms must meet. For example, New Hampshire requires all power of attorney documents to be in writing and in accordance with the statutory form. If the Principal is employing a Durable Power of Attorney, he or she must sign a disclosure statement in accordance with the statutory form (§137-J:14).
If a person is using a Durable Power of Attorney, the first step that he or she will want to take is to read, understand, and sign the disclosure form. If the person is not using a Durable Power of Attorney, the first step that the individual should take when filling out a power of attorney is to provide their first and last name, along with their address of residence. Next, the Principal will provide their Agent's name, address, and contact number. Once the Agent has been identified, the Principal will then identify his or her responsibilities, giving any special instructions or wishes. Lastly, the Principal will date and sign the agreement before having it notarized or signed by two (2) witnesses.