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Power of Attorney for Arizona

A power of attorney allows an agent to act on your behalf based on the terms of the document, whether a General Power of Attorney, Limited Power of Attorney, Child Care Power of Attorney or others.

Arizona Power of Attorney Law

14-5501. Durable power of attorney; creation; validity

A. A durable power of attorney is a written instrument by which a principal designates another person as the principal's agent. The instrument shall contain words that demonstrate the principal's intent that the authority conferred in the durable power of attorney may be exercised: 1. If the principal is subsequently a person with a disability or incapacitated. 2. Regardless of how much time has elapsed, unless the instrument states a definite termination time.

B. The written instrument may demonstrate the principal's intent required by subsection A of this section using either of the following statements or similar language: 1. "This power of attorney is not affected by subsequent disability or incapacity of the principal or lapse of time." 2. "This power of attorney is effective on the disability or incapacity of the principal."

C. A power of attorney executed in another jurisdiction of the United States is valid in this state if the power of attorney was validly executed in the jurisdiction in which it was created.

D. Except as provided in section 28-370, an adult, known as the principal, may designate another adult, known as the agent, to make financial decisions on the principal's behalf by executing a written power of attorney that satisfies all of the following requirements: 1. Contains language that clearly indicates that the principal intends to create a power of attorney and clearly identifies the agent. 2. Is signed or marked by the principal or signed in the principal's name by some other individual in the principal's conscious presence and at the principal's direction. 3. Is witnessed by a person other than the agent, the agent's spouse, the agent's children or the notary public. 4. Is executed and attested by its acknowledgment by the principal and by an affidavit of the witness before a notary public and evidenced by the notary public's certificate, under official seal, in substantially the following form: I, __________, the principal, sign my name to this power of attorney this _____ day of __________ and, being first duly sworn, do declare to the undersigned authority that I sign and execute this instrument as my power of attorney and that I sign it willingly, or willingly direct another to sign for me, that I execute it as my free and voluntary act for the purposes expressed in the power of attorney and that I am eighteen years of age or older, of sound mind and under no constraint or undue influence. ______________________ Principal I, __________, the witness, sign my name to the foregoing power of attorney being first duly sworn and do declare to the undersigned authority that the principal signs and executes this instrument as the principal's power of attorney and that the principal signs it willingly, or willingly directs another to sign for the principal, and that I, in the presence and hearing of the principal, sign this power of attorney as witness to the principal's signing and that to the best of my knowledge the principal is eighteen years of age or older, of sound mind and under no constraint or undue influence. ____________________ Witness The state of ______________ County of _________________ Subscribed, sworn to and acknowledged before me by __________, the principal, and subscribed and sworn to before me by __________, witness, this _____ day of ____________. (seal) (signed) _____________________ ______________________________ (notary public)

E. The execution requirements for the creation of a power of attorney provided in subsection D of this section do not apply if the principal creating the power of attorney is: 1. A person other than a natural person. 2. Any person, if the power of attorney to be created is a power coupled with an interest. For the purposes of this paragraph, "power coupled with an interest" means a power that forms a part of a contract and is security for money or for the performance of a valuable act. F. A person whose license as a fiduciary has been suspended or revoked pursuant to section 14-5651 may not serve as an agent under a power of attorney in any capacity unless the person is related to the principal by blood, adoption or marriage. This prohibition does not apply if the person's license has been reinstated and is in good standing ARS 14-5501 Durable power of attorney; creation; validity.

14-5502. Effect of lapse of time, disability or incapacity

All acts done by an agent pursuant to a durable power of attorney during any period of disability or incapacity of the principal have the same effect and inure to the benefit of and bind the principal and the principal's successors in interest as if the principal were not incapacitated or a person with a disability. ARS 14-5502 Effect of lapse of time, disability or incapacity.

14-5503. Relation of agent to court appointed fiduciary

A. If, following execution of a durable power of attorney, a court of the principal's domicile appoints any conservator or other fiduciary charged with the management of all of the principal's property or all of the principal's property except for specified exclusions, the agent is accountable to the court appointed fiduciary as well as to the principal. The court appointed fiduciary has the same power to revoke or amend the power of attorney that the principal would have if the principal were not a person with a disability or incapacitated.

B. A principal may nominate, by a durable power of attorney, the conservator or the guardian of the principal for consideration by the court if protective proceedings for the principal or estate are commenced. ARS 14-5503 Relation of agent to court appointed fiduciary.

14-5504. Revocation; termination; effect; notice

A. The death of a principal who has executed a durable power of attorney does not revoke or terminate the agency as to the agent or other person who, without actual knowledge of the death of the principal, acts in good faith under the power. Any action taken in good faith pursuant to this subsection, unless otherwise invalid or unenforceable, binds successors in interest of the principal.

B. The disability or incapacity of a principal who has previously executed a written power of attorney that is not a durable power does not revoke or terminate the agency as to the agent or other person who, without actual knowledge of the disability or incapacity of the principal, acts in good faith under the power. Any action taken in good faith pursuant to this subsection, unless otherwise invalid or unenforceable, binds the principal and the principal's successors in interest. ARS 14-5504 Revocation; termination; effect; notice.

14-5505. Continuance of durable powers of attorney by affidavit

A. An affidavit executed by the agent under a durable power of attorney stating that the agent did not have at the time of exercise of the power actual knowledge of the termination of the power by revocation or of the principal's death creates, in the absence of fraud, a rebuttable presumption of the nonrevocation or nontermination of the power at that time.

B. If the exercise of the power of attorney requires execution and delivery of any instrument that is recordable, the affidavit when authenticated for purposes of recording is also recordable. C. This section does not affect any provision in a power of attorney for its termination by expiration of time or occurrence of an event other than express revocation or a change in the principal's capacity. ARS 14-5505 Continuance of durable powers of attorney by affidavit.

14-5506. Powers of attorney; intimidation; deception; definitions

A. If the agent acted with intimidation or deception in procuring the power of attorney or any authority provided in the power of attorney, the agent is subject to prosecution under title 13 and civil penalties pursuant to section 46-456.

B. A power of attorney executed by an adult who does not have capacity is invalid. In a criminal proceeding, the agent has the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that the principal had capacity. In a civil proceeding, if the party challenging the validity of a power of attorney on the grounds of lack of capacity proves by a preponderance of the evidence that, at the time the power of attorney was executed, the principal was a vulnerable adult, the agent has the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that the principal had capacity. In a civil proceeding, if the party challenging the validity of a power of attorney on the basis of lack of capacity does not prove by a preponderance of the evidence that, at the time the power of attorney was executed, the principal was a vulnerable adult, the agent has the burden of proving by a preponderance of the evidence that the principal had capacity.

C. A person who in good faith either assists or deals with an agent is protected as if the agent properly exercised the agent's power regardless of whether the authority of that person as the agent has been terminated. D. For the purposes of this section: 1. "Capacity" means that at the time the power of attorney was executed the principal was capable of understanding in a reasonable manner the nature and effect of the act of executing and granting the power of attorney. 2. "Intimidation" includes threatening to deprive a vulnerable adult of food, nutrition, shelter or necessary medication or medical treatment. 3. "Vulnerable adult" has the same meaning prescribed in section 46-451. ARS 14-5506 Powers of attorney; intimidation; deception; definitions.

14-5507. Applicability of article. This article does not apply to health care directives that are validly executed under section 36-3221 and does not establish authority under a durable power of attorney for the purposes of health care decision making.

ARS 14-5507 Applicability of article

General Power of Attorney

Q: What is a General Power of Attorney

A General Power of Attorney is a legal document which gives the person you choose (the agent) the power to manage your assets and financial affairs while you are alive. The document must be signed by you (the principal) while you have the required legal capacity to give your agent clear and concise instructions. The appointment may be for a fixed period and can be revoked by you at any time providing you still have the legal capacity to do so. A power of attorney ceases when you die. The executor named in your will then takes over the responsibilities of your estate.

Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney

Q: What is a Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney?

A: A Health Care Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows an individual to designate another person to make medical decisions for him or her when he or she cannot make decisions for himself or herself. In other words it names someone who stands in your shoes and tells the doctors what to do or what not do for you.

A Living Will is a document that allows a person to explain in writing which medical treatment he or she does or does not want during a terminal illness. A terminal illness is a fatal illness that leads ultimately to death. A Living Will takes effect only when the patient is incapacitated and can no longer express his or her wishes. The will states which medical treatments may be used and which may not be used to die naturally and without the patientís life being artificially prolonged by various medical procedures. Although the term Living Will may indicate that it is a Will, in reality, it is more similar to a Power of Attorney than a Will.

Limited or Special Power of Attorney?

Q: What is a limited or special power of attorney?

A: A Limited power of attorney is one which is limited to a specific act or particular purpose. It is also referred to as special power of attorney. A limited power of attorney allows the Principal to give only specific powers to the agent.

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