A South Dakota Power of Attorney form is a document that provides a legal means of transferring decision-making authority to a trusted individual. What this means is that an individual, often referred to as a Principal, can appoint someone they trust to make decisions in regards to finances, vehicles, minor care over minor children, and more. In South Dakota, all power of attorney documents must conform to Title 59 of the South Dakota Codified Laws. These laws specify that all documents must be substantially in statutory form in accordance with these laws. Furthermore, all power of attorney documents must be dated, signed, and attested by two (2) witnesses. Lastly, the state requires these documents to provide the name and address of the Agent, not just his or her contact number. Regardless of the authority granted to the Agent, when using a Medical Power of Attorney, the Agent may not withhold or withdraw any form of life-sustaining procedure while the Principal is pregnant.
The South Dakota Power of Attorney is a fairly simple document to complete and only requires a few pieces of information from the Principal. First, the Principal will need to provide his or her full name and address. Next, he or she will then provide information on the Agent he or she is nominating. This will be done by providing the full name of the Agent, his or her full address and telephone number. Next, the Principal will then specify the powers being granted to the Agent. These powers can be limited, or can be broad and will depend entirely on the Principal's wishes. Once powers have been designated, the document will be signed and notarized by a state-certified Notary Public.