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  • Kendra Marroquin

Who is an Attorney in Fact and What Can They Do for You?

Have you ever wondered what happens if you’re unable to manage your own affairs? Enter the "Attorney in Fact" – a key player when it comes to legal and financial decision-making.


As a notary in Washington State, I often encounter questions about this vital role. Let’s clear up the confusion and understand how an Attorney in Fact can assist you or your loved ones.


An "Attorney in Fact" is an individual appointed to act on behalf of another person (the principal) through a legal document known as a Power of Attorney (POA). Here’s a closer look at their responsibilities and powers:


Key Responsibilities of an Attorney in Fact:

1. Financial Decisions: Managing bank accounts, paying bills, handling investments, and conducting other financial transactions.

2. Real Estate Transaction: Buying, selling, or managing property on behalf of the principal.

3. Healthcare Decision: Making medical decisions if the principal is unable to do so.

4. Legal Matters: Representing the principal in legal proceedings or signing legal documents.


Types of Powers of Attorney:


1. General Power of Attorney: Grants broad powers over financial and legal matters.

2. Limited (Special) Power of Attorney: Grants specific powers for a particular task or period.

3. Durable Power of Attorney: Remains in effect even if the principal becomes incapacitated.

4. Medical Power of Attorney: Specifically for healthcare decisions.

 

Why Appoint an Attorney in Fact?


A. Peace of Mind: Knowing someone you trust can manage your affairs if you’re unable to.

B. Avoid Court Intervention: Prevents the need for court-appointed guardianship.

C. Flexibility: Tailor the POA to meet specific needs and circumstances.


At Girl Friday Notary Services, I understand the critical role of an Attorney in Fact and I am here to ensure your POA documents are executed correctly.

My professional and compassionate approach ensures that your legal matters are handled with the utmost care and attention.


Ready to secure your future? Contact Girl Friday Notary Services today for all your notarial needs and get expert assistance with your Power of Attorney documents!


SPECIAL NOTE: I am not an attorney and this post should not take the place of legal advice from an attorney. This post is informational only to help you begin to understand the concept of an Attorney in Fact and POA's.



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