Massachusetts Power of Attorney Forms

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Updated on June 20th, 2023

The Massachusetts Power of Attorney is the written acknowledgment of one’s decision to give special powers to another person or entity so that they may operate on their behalf. The individual who grants the authority, known as the “principal”, has the ability to offer powers relative to their estate, medical decisions, or child’s care depending on the type of POA executed. After the completion of the form, the party receiving the authorization, known as the “agent” or “attorney-in-fact”, will have the ability to act in their place upon presenting the document to the institution in which the performance is to occur. Most POA instruments will require the same method of completion which would entail; the recording of both parties’ information, a description of the powers that are to be granted, and the signature of the principal (which will typically need to occur under the review of witnesses and/or a notary public).

By Type (11)

Advance Directive (Medical POA & Living Will) – Incorporates the benefits of a living will & medical POA so that the principal can declare their wishes for critical health care decisions and also assign a representative to make choices for them at the time of incapacitation.

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Signing Requirement: Acknowledgment of Two (2) Witnesses (201D § 2)

 


Durable (Financial) Power of Attorney – This is the most frequently carried out POA form which allows users to grant powers relative to their estate. The unique feature regarding this document is the fact that it does not terminate upon the grantor’s incapacity.

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Signing Requirement: Acknowledgment of Two (2) Witnesses and/or Notary Public Recommended

 


General (Financial) Power of Attorney – Offers an array of financial access to the attorney-in-fact so that they may accomplish tasks in the principal’s place. (Becomes null and void upon the executor’s incapacitation.)

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Signing Requirement: Acknowledgment of Two (2) Witnesses and/or Notary Public Recommended

 

 


Limited (Special) Power of Attorney – Those who wish to narrow down the scope of authority may utilize this document to insert their own custom powers.

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Signing Requirement: Acknowledgment of Two (2) Witnesses and/or Notary Public Recommended

 

 


Living Will – Also referred to as a “personal directive”, this document serves as a declaration of one’s desires concerning end-of-life care. (This form is not legally binding.)

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Signing Requirement: Principal Signature Recommended

 

 


Medical Power of Attorney – Identified in the state of Massachusetts as a “health care proxy”, this instrument is capable of assigning a third (3rd) party the right to make judgment calls for the issuer when they are unable to act for themselves.

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Signing Requirement: Acknowledgment of Two (2) Witnesses (201D § 2)

 


Minor Child Power of Attorney – The state’s version of this form, the “Caregiver Authorization Affidavit”, sanctions an agent to act as the parent of a child so that they can fulfill needed tasks associated with the minor’s education and medical care.

Download: PDF, Word (.docx)
Signing Requirement: Acknowledgment of Two (2) Witnesses & Notary Public (201F § 5)

 


Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney – Individuals who need the assistance of another to manage transactions related to an automobile may accomplish this form to grant them the power to receive and sign documentation relevant to titling, registration, transfer of ownership, etc.

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Signing Requirement: Acknowledgment of Two (2) Witnesses and/or Notary Public Recommended

 


Real Estate Power of Attorney – A type of limited POA that issues powers to an agent so that they can perform duties corresponding to real property.

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Signing Requirement: Must be acknowledged by a notary public if there is a conveyance of registered land (state memo).

 


Revocation of Power of Attorney – A written statement conveying the cancellation of an established POA.

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Signing Requirement: Acknowledgment of Two (2) Witnesses and/or Notary Public Recommended

 

 


Tax Power of Attorney – A state-issued form that expresses a taxpayer’s desire to grant access related to tax matters to a representative of their choice.

Download: PDF
Signing Requirement: Must be signed by the taxpayer and their representative(s). (A
cknowledgment of two (2) witnesses and a notary public required if the representative is not an authorized tax agent.)