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We receive hundreds of inquiries each year seeking information about establishing a power of attorney. The questions are usually straightforward, but the answers are not.

You should always obtain legal advice from legally authorized professionals in the jurisdiction where you live. We are not qualified to provide that advice and nothing contained in this section should be considered as legal advice.

Also, there rarely are simple answers to these questions. There is no "one size fits all" power of attorney form. For example, the precise wording of a power of attorney will be different in Arizona from the wording approved by the bar association and/or courts in Texas.

And the wording for a financial power of attorney will be different from a medical power of attorney. There are literally hundreds of different power of attorney forms and only certain ones will apply to your situation.

In an effort to help you find the assistance you seek, we provide some basic information. This includes an article by attorney Michael E. Petrie explaining the basic concepts of a power of attorney. We also include a few samples of power of attorney forms, provided only for the purpose of illustration.

Directories of law firms which might be able to assist you

Possible sources of power of attorney forms

Generic samples of power of attorney forms

Web sites of state bar associations

Article by attorney Michael E. Petrie explaining power of attorney