The word "attorney" originates from the idea of someone standing in your place and speaking for you. When you hire an "attorney" to go to court for you, that person stands in your place before the judge and speaks on your behalf.
When you give someone your "Power of Attorney," you give them the authority to stand in your place to make decisions and speak for you. There are several different types of Power of Attorney. One type, called a Durable Power of Attorney or sometimes just Power of Attorney, authorizes a named individual to stand in your place and make certain kinds of decisions regarding money, business, land, government benefits, and retirement benefits.
In Texas, the state legislature has prescribed a particular form that can be used to grant that authority to someone. Because the form was created by a statute, it is more fully referred to as a Statutory Durable Power of Attorney.
Power of Attorney forms abound on the Internet. Some are proper for Texas, most are not. When you need a Power of Attorney, you tend to need it quickly. If you don't have an attorney to help you get it right, you might end up with an ineffectual document that fails to suit your needs. Usually, by the time you find this out, it's too late.
Luckily, I have provided a free power of attorney form that anyone can use. All you need to do is answer a few questions, submit your answers to my proprietary form assembly system, and you will receive a legally effective form, filled in with your information, by email within a few seconds.
THREE STEPS TO AN EFFECTIVE POWER OF ATTORNEY
FIRST: Fill out the on-line questionnaire. Be certain to include a valid email address because the completed form will be emailed to you. Don't worry. We don't use this for marketing purposes. We will not contact you for any reason unless you ask us to, nor will we sell, rent, give or otherwise share your contact information with anybody else. Your privacy our our credibility as discrete attorneys are very important to us.
SECOND: Once you receive the completed document in your email, you will see a list of powers that you are granting to your named agent. (The "agent" is the person you are authorizing to act on your behalf.) You can draw a line through any power that you do NOT want that agent to have.
THIRD: Once you have read the form and feel like you understand it, sign it and provide a signed copy to your agent.
That's all there is to it!
There are other types of powers of attorney such as Health care Power of Attorney that authorizes your named agent to make health care decisions for you when you are not able to do so. If you need more comprehensive planning, please contact a good attorney in your area and have your documents put together by a professional.