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A limited power of attorney form sets out details of the scope of authority granted to a named and trusted 'attorney' by a 'principal' who wishes to forward plan for contingencies in their personal or professional life.

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What is a Limited Power of Attorney (POA)?

A limited power of attorney (POA) is sometimes called a specific power of attorney or special power of attorney. It sets the scope of authority granted to a named and trusted ‘attorney’ (referred to as an agent or an attorney in fact in most states) by a ‘principal’ (the named individual giving their permission) who grants the other party specific powers to make decisions related to their personal or professional life. This document may or may not give durable power.

A common use of a limited power of attorney is one used in the entertainment business. Many times, a talent manager or agent will have their client sign a limited power of attorney so that they may cash their client’s checks on their behalf. The manager or agent will receive and cash the check, take their commission, and issue a new check (minus their percentage) to the client.

Another time that a limited power of attorney may be used is when a parent may have to leave the country for a period of time. If the parent wishes to place the child in the care of a family member or friend, the parent would give this temporary guardian a limited power of attorney to make schooling, and important medical decisions for the child.

Other Names

A limited power of attorney is also known as a “specific” power of attorney.

Limited POA vs Durable/Lasting POA

A limited power of attorney limits the agent's scope to act on behalf of a principal to particular listed purposes for when the principal isn’t available or is unable to do so.

Who needs a Limited Power of Attorney?

People who may find this power of attorney useful are:

Anyone who is over the age of 18 and who may be unable to manage their own affairs in the future due to an anticipated absence or a physical or mental disability that prevents them from making their own decisions may find a limited power of attorney ideal. For example, an active military member who is going overseas may choose to use a limited power of attorney to nominate someone in the United States to handle their personal affairs in their absence.

What can you use this POA for?

You can use this power of attorney for any activities carried out by the principal who is not able to carry out their responsibilities, either due to anticipated absence or sickness contingency planning. Remember, the purpose of this document is to give specific direction. It does not cover every situation. Other POAs you may want to consider are general power of attorney and springing power of attorney.

Limited power of attorney forms are used for limited purposes for a limited time period. Examples include acting on behalf of a principle for healthcare, personal care and custody of children, real estate matters, and buying, selling, or disposal of assets.

Components of a Limited POA

A limited POA details:

  • The term or timeframe the limited powers are delegated, i.e. permanent or temporary period of time listed in the document. A limited power of attorney can be valid for a day or weekend, or last for years.
  • The number and frequency of actions that might be required from the power of attorney. This will describe whether or not the power of attorney will have to sign documents, make decisions, handle financial matters etc.
  • The specific details of the limited authority that further describe the actions, authority and liberties given to the power of attorney.

It’s imperative that the principal details the agent's authority to sign documents or give instructions in the best interest of the person giving them the power. The details are important because the POA may be shown to third parties to prove that the attorney in fact is acting within their legal capabilities. This POA may only cover a single matter, such as signing a specified contract which the person granting power is unable to do due to anticipated absence or to make allowance for potential sickness.

Scope and Limitations

Scope and Limitations: A limited POA may apply to a single area of activity, such as the handling of investments. For example, an investment manager, acting as agent, may have authority to:

  • Trading monies in a client’s or partner’s account;
  • Disbursement of funds in an investment account;
  • Fee-payments;
  • Instructions to brokers;
  • Other specified obligations.

In this case, the ‘limited’ power may refer to the fact that the account holder, or another authorized agent, manages other key investment account functions, such as cash withdrawals, beneficiary alteration, or other significant details.

  • Schedules and Time-frames: Other limitations may refer to when the agent is permitted to act on behalf of the principal, such as during holidays, business trips, sickness, or for a particular frequency.
  • Documentation: This power of attorney document must be signed, dated, and witnessed often in front of a notary public. It must detail the scope of the agent's authority and limitations. Any relevant paperwork, accounts, negotiations, or other relevant information which the agent needs should be detailed.
  • Power to Revoke: This is often referred to as a revocation clause. Most limited powers of attorney contain a clause explaining how it may be revoked. The principal signs and dates the documentation; this added contingency will void the document and end the agent's authority to act for the principal.

Both the agent and the principal should keep a copy of the signed and notarized legal document for their records.

Legal Considerations

How Long is a Power of Attorney Valid?

You set the length and considerations of your power of attorney document.

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