A North Carolina Power of Attorney is a document that allows a person to legally appoint someone to represent them in specified situations. In these cases, the person who appoints someone to make these decisions is known as a Principal, and the individual who they appoint is known as their Agent. Power of attorney documents come in many different forms and cover a variety of situations ranging from vehicle registration and real estate needs to caring for a minor child and making important healthcare decisions. Chapter 32C of the North Carolina General Statutes sets the standard and boundaries for all power of attorney documents used in the state. These statutes require all Principals to be at least 18 years of age or older, and have the mental capacity to know and understand what they are doing. Furthermore, all power of attorney documents must be in writing, and signed in the presence of two (2) witnesses and/or a notary public (depending on the type of power of attorney being used).
In order to complete a North Carolina Power of Attorney, the first thing that the Principal will do is identify themselves by providing his or her full first and last name, along with his or her address. Next, the Principal will need to identify their Agent. This is done by providing their Agent's first and last name, address, and reliable contact number. Once the Agent has been appointed, the Principal will then describe which powers are being conveyed. Finally, the document will need to be dated, signed, and witnessed by two (witnesses) or notarized before it will take effect.