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Power of Attorney: Why Not Buy a Form Online?

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My sibling filled a poa out and my mom has dementia and her poa was supposely witnessed and signed and notorized mom dont ever recall signing one. Isnt the form supposed to be filed with the court and its in texas

Why go to the expense of buying what is available free?

Independently wealthy, such as billionaires, please ignore this advice.

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For those of us without DPOA - get one ASAP anywhere & however you can. It MUST be notarized or witnessed by a third party. You must sign to accept the Durable Power of Attorney yourself.
Understand that without an attorney it will be incomplete, incomplete, incomplete! Your powers will be limited to that which is listed.
The DPOA can be updated at a later date by an attorney and properly worded.

OntoaByrd,
Check on your State sites, to find a POA form for your State.
That might be something like on the State Attorney General Site?
OR, find your nearest Area Agency on Aging. I think every County has one or more offices. They usually have free legal volunteers come in at least once a month, who offer 1/2 free consults for senior issues.

I am looking to inquire a POA for my mother ASAP, however it is not in the budget at this time to seek an attorney. What are my other options and if I get an online POA what site has the best for seniors in Va?

Invariably, the online forms differ, sometimes substantively from those required by the location you are in, or for the purpose you want it for.
I was faced with a nearly totally blank generic form, once, and had a devil of a time filling it out properly, because there were no examples to follow.
Online forms could compromise your case, if they were ever actually put to the test in your location by legal entities.

You do not have to BUY a POA form.

States have their sites where they can be downloaded free, gratis, and for nothing.

Keep your money. You're going to need it.

Get your FREE POA form here, whichever state you live in.

totallegal/poa.asp?src=mg15forms

Here's a PDF brochure from the Alzheimer's Association that describes/discusses legal planning and documents for the care of persons with AD/dementia. It includes discussions on POAs and guardianships.
http://www.alz.org/national/documents/brochure_legalplans.pdf

SueNJ1 have you tried to use the paperwork at a Financial Institution? My experience is that utility companies and entities who are not held to high government regulations will often accept the downloadable forms, but if someone has any amount of assets with a financial institution will only accept a POA that is written exactly to the state law. POA laws change as well. In some instances you can use these documents but my experience supports that is is best to involve an attorney.

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I purchased a packed of assorted POA forms at Staples. It clearly explained what each form was for. I filled them out with the help of my mom's case manager while my mom was in the hospital, and then my mom signed in (she does not have alzheimers) along with some members of hospital staff and notarized there, after the case manager explained to my mom what she was signing. It our case it has worked well at very little cost.