A Power of Attorney is a written document giving one person the full power and authority to represent another person. The person who gives the power is the principal, and the person who receives the power is the attorney-in-fact, or agent. In Raleigh, North Carolina, a Power of Attorney must be signed by both the agent and the principal, be witnessed by two people and signed in the presence of a Notary Public.
There are two powers you can assign, a general power or a limited power. You can assign a General Power of Attorney that covers all of your legal, financial, and personal decisions except those pertaining to your medical care and treatment, or a Limited Power of Attorney that only covers decision-making in areas that you specify. A Power of Attorney may be immediately effective, which means that the agent has the power to represent you now. If you also make the Power of Attorney Durable, the agent’s power to represent you will remain in effect in the event you become mentally unable to make decisions on your own (incompetent). Or, you can make it Springing, which means that it becomes effective only in the event you become incompetent.
Particularly because of Raleigh’s proximity to Ft. Bragg, a very popular use of the Power of Attorney in North Carolina has absolutely nothing to do with mental incompetence. Many military people, overseas contractors, and spouses or family members who travel abroad for extended periods of time prepare Powers of Attorney that are immediately effective, so their wives, husbands or other family members in Raleigh can deposit paychecks, make purchases, pay bills and otherwise represent them financially or legally while they are away or otherwise not available to handle these matters themselves.
The Law Corner Attorneys help people all over Wake County to include the following areas: Knightdale, Wake Forest, Raleigh, Morrisville, Apex, Wendell, Zebulon, New Hope, Cary, Rolesville, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, and Garner.