A Pennsylvania Power of Attorney document is a legally backed document that a person would use to transfer their decision-making authority to another person whom they trust. When conveying authority, the individual appointing someone to be their proxy is referred to as a Principal, while the person they appoint is called known as their Agent. Because of the many situations where someone may need to appoint another person as their legal proxy, these documents come in many different forms. Power of attorney documents may cover situations involving the care for minor children, tax preparation, vehicle registration, real estate needs, and more. In Pennsylvania, all power of attorney documents must conform to chapter 58 of the Pennsylvania Statutes which requires the principal to be at least 18 years old and the power of attorney document to be signed, dated, and witnessed or notarized in order to be legally recognized.
Completing a Pennsylvania form is easy and requires just a few pieces of information from the Principal. The first piece of information that the Principal will list is his or her first and last name and address of residence. Next, he or she will appoint their Agent by providing his or her full name, address, and contact number. Once the Agent has been identified, the Principal will then describe the powers that he or she has conveyed. Finally, the Principal will date and sign the agreement, and have the document notarized and/or witnessed so it may then take effect.