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Introduction to Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a document that lets you name someone to make decisions on your behalf. This appointment can take effect immediately if you become unable to make those decisions on your own. For example, if you become mentally incapacitated, or leave the country for a period of time, you would be unable to make these important choices for yourself.

A durable power of attorney stops a court from stepping in and taking control of your finances if you become incapacitated. Without this document, a court could appoint someone to make decisions for you.

LegalZoom makes it easy to protect yourself and your finances. Simply answer a few quick questions and we will generate a power of attorney personalized based on your answers, one that will be valid in all 50 states. In a short time, you will have the security of knowing someone you trust - and not a court - will be able to make decisions on your behalf.

LegalZoom can help you get a power of attorney to protect yourself and your family in case you become incapacitated. Fill out a few questions in our online questionnaire and we’ll assemble the documents you need and mail them to you.


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